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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 11, 20173min2790

Above-board, play-it-straight and by-the-book Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hardly comes across as a riverboat gambler. (To say the least.) Which is why he can be forgiven for a friendly wager his office announced today with his counterpart in West Virginia.

Williams has bet West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner that the Colorado State University Rams football squad will beat Huntington, West Virginia-based Marshall University’s Thundering Herd in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque on Saturday. The stakes: Williams and Warner are each pledging $50 to a food bank in their respective states. The donations to both food banks will be made in the name of the winning team.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office contends in today’s press release, “Williams’ SOS record is undefeated when it comes to football wagers”:

Last year he and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (no relation to Marshall University) bet on the Super Bowl game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Each office collected food to be donated to their respective food banks, with the donations being made in the name of the winning team, which turned out to be the Broncos, 24-10.

The two food banks collectively received more than 1,100 pounds of all kinds of food, from peanut butter to tuna to mac-and-cheese (no relation to Warner).

In addition, Williams waged a bet with Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert a year ago when their two alma maters played in the 2016 Poinsetta Bowl. The Brigham Young University Cougars defeated the Wyoming Cowboys 24-21. To Williams’ delight, Staiert wore a BYU shirt at work for a full day.

OK; we’ll look the other way. This time.


Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 4, 20171min3930

Next year, unaffiliated voters in Colorado will be able to help pick the Democratic or Republican nominee in a governor’s race for the first time without adhering to a party.

Coloradans voted in favor of Propositions 107 and 108 last November, which opens partisan primary elections to unaffiliated voters; however, they can only vote in one primary – not both.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, talked extensively about the statute at Saturday’s town hall meeting in the Durango Public Library.

Unaffiliated voters will receive a Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail for the 2018 primaries, but should only return one.


Read the rest of the story here.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 29, 20173min4770

It wasn’t long ago that Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams penned a “Podium” commentary for us, pointing out for us how every vote can be pivotal. And leave it to the elections watchdogs at Williams’s office to provide us not one but 14 — yes, fourteen — examples from just this past election.

As Secretary of State’s Office information minister Lynn Bartels writes in her blog this week:

Longtime election officials in Adams County can’t remember the last time a contest was so close it required a mandatory recount, so there’s more than just a little surprise that the county must recheck the outcome in five — yes, five– races. …

… In all, 14 races statewide in the Nov. 7 coordinated election are subject to a mandatory recount and of those six were tied after local canvass boards certified results, underscoring the message Secretary of State Wayne Williams delivers when talking to Coloradans: Every vote counts. Williams was the El Paso County clerk and recorder when two school board races were decided by a single vote, and a municipal tax question failed because it was tied.

Some of the races are real photo finishes, writes Bartels:

Among the tied races was a school board contest in Julesberg, where voters were to select three directors from six hopefuls. Tammy Aulston and Daniella Fowler were tied for the third slot at 225 votes each and they remained tied after the canvas board conducted the recount, Sedgwick County Clerk Chris Beckman said.

What’s more:

Under state law, if candidates are still tied the winner is determined by lot. So on Nov. 16 — more than a week after the election — Aulston and Fowler’s names were put into a bowl.  Aulston’s name was drawn, so she was elected.

Bartels writes about those nail biters and more; what you could call a true cautionary tale. Read the full blog post; here’s the link again.