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Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office ‘eclipses’ its own record in 2017

Author: Adam McCoy - February 9, 2018 - Updated: February 9, 2018
Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson’s many innovations include more efficient marriage licensing. (

It seems like the Denvers Clerk and Recorder’s Office is regularly breaking records for marriage licenses issued and newly registered voters. That was certainly true of 2017 as Debra Johnson’s office “eclipsed” the previous year’s accomplishments.

“A large swath of the US viewed the totality of the solar eclipse last year, and here at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, our accomplishments in 2017 eclipsed all previous years,” Johnson said. “With the incredible growth in Denver, we’ve seized opportunities to lead the way in elections, records preservation, marriages and bringing our services directly to you.”

The office issued some 8,406 marriage licenses in 2017, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. In the office’s annual report, officials note innovations sped up wait times from 45 minutes in 2011 to 35 seconds last year.

The office’s Election Division modernized city campaign finance rules for municipal elections last year including establishing a structure for reporting campaign ads (TV, radio, etc.) from candidates or outside groups and, for the first time in Denver, instituting fines for candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports on time.

A new mobile voter center debuted in September in Civic Center Park on National Voter Registration Day, also residents to complete their registration on the go.

Here are some other highlights:

  • 161,545 documents recorded
  • 35,544 newly registered voters
  • 401,454 ballots issued
  • 3,000 bidders for foreclosure auctions
  • $2.7 million in excess funds returned to homeowners
  • First-ever, risk limiting audit
  • $1.3 million back to City coffers

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.