Just 16 people voted in Glendale’s election amid the pandemic

Of Glendale’s roughly 5,000 residents, 16 voted in this month’s city election, which was held amid a global pandemic and statewide stay-at-home order.

“I had 13 people request absentee ballots prior to the election and we had three actual voters come in. So that’s the 16,” said Veronica Marvin, the city clerk.

Marvin said she ordered 500 ballots for the in-person polling place election. Another 16 were mailed to military members and overseas citizens, but not returned. The result was incredibly low turnout in the Denver enclave on April 7.

“We tried to get the word out on our website that we were conducting absentee ballots and we didn’t have a cutoff for requesting those absentee ballots, like the Friday before, that you usually have,” Marvin said. “We had it open until 7 p.m. on Election Day.”

Twelve people voted in the uncontested mayoral election, in which Mayor Michael Dunafon won another term, according to a public notice. Thirteen people voted in uncontested city council elections, in which four incumbents won additional terms.

And 16 residents voted on a ballot issue, which passed 14-2. The question was whether to require the Glendale city manager live within 10 miles of the city, rather than the current requirement of five miles.

Marvin says her city did what it could to let voters know about the April 7 election and allow them to vote under such unusual circumstances.

“We tried to get voters in here,” she said, “but I understand.”

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