Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 11, 20172min444

Noteworthy on Lynn Bartels’s blog last week: a piece by her fellow Secretary of State’s Office staffer, Julia Sunny, on a visit from an Alaskan delegation studying Colorado’s success with mail ballots. Alaska is considering a move to all-mail balloting, Sunny reports.

Included was this nugget:

Colorado is one of the top five states in the country for voter turnout, due in part to its mail-ballot system for elections.

…And this:

Secretary (of State Wayne) Williams, Colorado elections director Judd Choate, and county support manager Dwight Shellman, sat down with the Alaskan officials to discuss Colorado elections’ processes and what Colorado does to maintain the integrity of elections.

Shellman explained the innovative risk-limiting audits system Colorado will utilize in the next election. Colorado is the first state to implement statewide RLAs to elections, a new and better type of post-election audit.

Taken together, they could provide reassurance in the face of periodic concerns over voter participation as well as ballot security in the Centennial State. The misgivings come from across the political spectrum — typically around election time, of course — and range from worries that voter registration procedures could disfranchise some segments of the community, to concerns that mail ballots could compromise election integrity.

Sunny’s report reminds us Colorado’s election system is viewed as a template for other states. We must be doing something right.


Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 11, 201639min538

DENVER — Today is the 150th day anniversary of The Hot Sheet! Pretty cool, huh? Thanks for being a loyal reader. In Colorado politics, who among us thought we would be writing so much about an elevator in a Colorado Springs hotel? Seriously? And, Mike Coffman continues to distance himself from Donald Trump, riding a careful strategy that is no doubt attached directly to polling data (smart, but too crafty by half for Democratic strategists not to take note and make issue - also smart). Democrats continue to take full advantage of an unprecedented GOP "toxic" coat tails situation by playing an ongoing game of connect the dots between the national political stage and the state one. The Colorado GOP, however, is not exactly inexperienced in maneuvering through this particular minefield. Lest we not forget, it was not all that long ago they had Dan Maes to deal with ... and Tom Tancredo ... well, they still have Tancredo. Read on for much, much more ...


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 11, 201610min488

Two proposed ballot measures dealing with primary elections and a presidential primary will drive up costs for counties to run elections. Language concerning recall elections added to Colorado’s constitution in 1913 conflicts with current federal and state law. And what about signature verification for candidate and initiative petitions? Those topics were discussed Friday during the inaugural meeting of the Bipartisan Election Advisory Commission created by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with support from legislators and others concerned with elections.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 27, 20167min518

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams teamed up with his counterpart from Nevada Monday to visit county clerks in Broomfield, Clear Creek and Arapahoe the day before the primary election. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske was interested in touring counties using the latest equipment from Dominion Voting Systems. Her state uses an older version. In all, 18 Colorado counties are using the new Dominion equipment this primary. “It was fast but we got a lot in,” Cegavske said of the visit to the counties. “I’ve been making mental notes to myself of everything. We are grateful we were able to meet with the clerks and talk to them.”


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 24, 20167min407

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert told a group of new U.S. citizens Wednesday there’s a reason she feels such a bond with them when she attends naturalization ceremonies. ‘My father and mother met on a U.S. campus. My father’s Iranian, my mother’s American,” she said. “When we were very young we went over to Iran for a few years and came back right before my fifth birthday. My father didn’t come back with us.” Staiert informed 79 immigrants from 33 countries, from Australia to Mexico to Zambia, that she and her two siblings and her mother eventually settled in Wyoming.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsApril 6, 20165min340

The cost of elections equipment was one concern of international dignitaries who met with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Tuesday. The leaders, who represented 23 different countries, are part of the International Visitor Leadership Program organized by the U.S. Department of State. “Helping other nations and their elected officials is our responsibility,” Williams said.