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Denver Councilwoman Rodriguez Recommended for EAC Position PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
November 17, 2006
Ending months of speculation, the nomination of Denver City Councilwoman Rosemary Rodriguez (pictured at right) to the Election Assistance Commission has been submitted by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. If confirmed by the Senate, Rodriguez would replace Ray Martinez, who resigned from the Commission last summer.

According to The Denver Post, Rodriguez, a former Denver clerk and recorder under Mayor Wellington Webb, refused to comment when asked about a possible nomination. Her aide said he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Rodriguez is currently on an investigative panel assembled by the Mayor John Hickenlooper to examine the failures of the Denver Election Commission that led to long lines at the polls on Election Day and a slow vote-tallying process.

The Post article noted thatin 2005 Rodriguez championed the idea to scrap Denver's election commission in favor of a single elected clerk and recorder system that would closer resemble the structure of 62 of the 63 other counties in Colorado.

She also led a charge last spring for an all-mail ballot election this November, worrying at the time that tangle of federal and state laws left Denver and other counties in the state with little time to prepare for the election.

In September, the White House nominated Caroline Hunter to replace current EAC chairman Paul DeGregorio, whose term expires on December 12. Formerly legal council to the the Republican National Committee, Hunter currently serves as Deputy Director of Public Liason for the White House.
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