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The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is always looking for a teachable moment…

Author: Dan Njegomir - September 1, 2017 - Updated: September 1, 2017

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with members of the Jefferson County Republican Party Wednesday night. (SOS photo)

…And its staff is coming to a gathering near you, sometime soon, to teach you more about voting and election issues.

Speaking of which, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams sure gets around, doesn’t he? As chronicled on SOS communications czarina Lynn Bartels’s blog, Williams always seems to be bringing good news about the state’s elections system and related topics to audiences around the state. (Heck, the guy stumps as if he were a politician. Which, of course, he is — though as far as we know, he is one of the few Republican officeholders in Colorado these days who isn’t rumored to be running for another political office.)

In a post this week on Bartels’s blog,  Lizzie Stephani reports on an appearance by Williams and crew at a gathering of Jefferson County Republicans. One takeaway:

Event-goers at the Jeffco event peppered Williams with questions about Proposition 107, which creates a presidential primary and allows unaffiliated voters to participate, and Proposition 108, which allows unaffiliated voters to cast either or a Democratic or Republican ballot but without affiliating with either party.

Williams asked the legislature to pick up the cost of the presidential primary — the next one is in four years — but he said counties must bear the additional costs of sending ballots to unaffiliated voters in the June 2018 primary.

Williams also addressed the provision in Prop 108 that allows the state Democratic or Republican parties to cancel the primary if 75 percent of the party’s state central committee votes to do so, which would prevent unaffiliated voters from helping select the nominee for the general election. The nominees would be selected during the caucus process.

The secretary pointed out the outcry last year when the Colorado Republican Party canceled a nonbinding presidential preference poll.

Both 107 and 108 pose a lot of unknowns, notably: How many unaffiliated voters actually will take advantage of their newfound clout? The answer awaits us next spring. One thing’s for sure: Williams will be in the thick of it all when we find out.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.