Secretary of State Wayne Williams, CCRW President Joy Hoffman, a staff member of the Colorado Republican Committee Mattie Hoffman, Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Cherry Creek Republican Women (CCRW) recently hosted Colorado’s 38th Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Arapahoe County’s Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane. The two teamed up for fascinating facts and figures account of Colorado’s voter registration, instructions and costs.
Colorado has the highest voter registration in the country, “We make it easy,” said Secretary of State Williams. “You can even register online.” He also stated that Colorado makes it very easy for the military to vote and that maintenance records of the voters are thorough although 40 percent of people who move do not provide a change of address. Colorado is also one of the safest places to vote. According to The Washington Post – one state, Colorado, is paving the way as a leader in election security. Arapahoe County was one of the first to buy new equipment. The first statewide Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) was a huge success and all counties passed the audit. This year’s primary election has created a stir with a rollout of implementation in Grand Junction. Unaffiliated voters, who hold the key to the election, have by now received two ballots – one for Republican and one for Democrat candidates. They can only vote one of the ballots, however. It has been stressed repeatedly. In 2010, Colorado had the largest primary turnout with Republicans slightly edging out the Dems. As of this meeting, 85 percent of the vote for 2018 was not in and clerks have been scanning feverishly.
Crane (part of the county’s Fab Five elected officials now calling themselves the Arapahoe Home Team) seamlessly took over with his own statistics. Democrats have pulled ahead of Republicans 33 percent to almost 28 percent. In 2010, there was voter turnout of just over 44 percent. Unaffiliated could have declared a preference of one ballot or another in advance, Of the 136,000 – 4,924 expressed a preference. There were more Republican preferences. Education is huge for the unaffiliated. Arapahoe County had Vote Only One imprinted seven times on its ballots. As of this meeting, 371,000 ballots were issued and 16,000 had been returned. Less than 1 percent of the unaffiliated had participated so far. Ballots should not be mailed later than June 19, Ballots are due by June 26 at any drop box in the state by 7 p.m. There are 26 total 24-hour drop boxes in Arapahoe County. The cost per vote is significant. In 2017, it cost $3.96 to process a vote received by mail versus $83.76 to process an “in person” vote. Surprisingly, proximity to a voter center doesn’t guarantee heavier voting. In general elections, most votes are received in the last three days. Arapahoe County is proud of its website: arapahoevotes.com where individual ballots can actually be tracked.
Cherry Creek Republican Women Aldona Seymour, Joan Beninati, Susan Struna and LaFawn Biddle
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