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Colorado Couple Sole Residents Of Precinct

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI) — A Colorado couple said last year’s legislative and congressional redistricting left them as the sole residents of the state’s smallest voting precinct.

Larimer County resident Ann Grant, a Democrat, said she and her husband, Butch Hartson, a Republican, learned of their unique status from an official with the local Republican Party earlier this year, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.

“He told us we had a precinct all to ourselves, and we were the smallest precinct in the state — and maybe even the country,” Hartson said. “We all had a big laugh about it. It’s really kind of funny.”

Hartson said he was the sole attendee at his precinct’s Republican caucus last month.

“I had a drink, talked with the other Republican in the room — me — got bored and went to bed,” he joked.

Grant said she has similar plans for Tuesday night’s Democratic caucus.

Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle said the couple will likely be folded into a neighboring precinct when the secretary of state’s office attempts to correct problems with the redistricting this year.

“So many times, redistricting is done at the 50,000-foot level, and it is our job to bring it down to the street level,” Doyle said. “It’s just a little squiggly piece of ground that should have been part of another district.”

 

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