Election Watching in Colorado – resource page


This link 2016_co_watcher_contacts_f will download a spreadsheet of names, contact numbers, email addresses and websites for Colorado county officials who are responsible for administrating access to election processes for people with credentials. Originally there was no central administration of this citizen function and the statute does not refer to a central requirement to obtain credentials, but recent moves by the Colorado Secretary of State has supported a trend toward having the county clerk approve credentials for watching prior to presentation to any election judge supervisors at an election location. Discussions about this topic can be found on the SOS website under “Information on the Secretary of State’s Election Watcher Advisory Panel” http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/watcherPanel/index.html

The linked spreadsheet above is a convenient reformatting of the contents of this page: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/docs/WatcherContactDirectory.pdf

Full information about watching Colorado elections is available on the Secretary’s website here: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/watchers.html

The following link 2016_clerkrecorder_contacts will download a spreadsheet of contact information for 64 Colorado County Clerk and Recorders. The source for this data is here: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Resources/files/CountyClerkRosterWebsite.pdf

Pages specific to individual counties are shown below- information is based on a query sent to watcher contacts on October 18 2016

33 of 64 Counties Reporting

The ballot types for mail/drop and VSPC for each county:

  • UVS= Uniform Voting System, Dominion Democracy Suite 4.21 paper for mail and drop-off and BMD in-person – voter selectins are printed but voter intent is encoded in a non-verifiable QR code
  • BMD= Ballot Marking Device (touch screen voting to produce a machine marked paper ballot)
  • BOD= Ballot On Demand- usually a high cost printer that can print the same ballot as pre-printed for mail (up to 19 inches) but used at the VSPC to create one ballot per voter
  • VSPC= Voter Service and Polling Center (replaces precinct in-person voting- centralized locations where any voter in the county can register and or obtain or replace a mail ballot and vote on an assistive device designed to facilitate access for the disability community. In some counties the VSPCenter allows voters to establish eligibility by signing the affirmation  and then hand mark a ballot to cast without the mail ballot identifying envelope- known as a “flat ballot”)