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Big questions splinter tiny Colorado town of Pitkin

October 8, 2018

PITKIN, Colo. (AP) — An issue over whether to allow short-term rentals in the small Colorado mountain town of Pitkin has ballooned into a debate about where people who own multiple homes in the state can vote.

The Colorado Sun reports it all began with an April 2016 vote on local trustees held in the Gunnison County municipality of about 100 residents.

The district attorney’s office ended up charging eight people with casting ballots in the wrong precinct. Seven pleaded guilty or no contest and another convicted in a trial.

Deputy Colorado Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert says the Pitkin prosecutions were unwarranted and unjust. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has asked for a federal investigation into the matter.

District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller defended the prosecutions saying he was upholding Colorado law.

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Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.com

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