Denver clerk eclipses previous records

Celebrating 2017 National Voter Registration Day at Civic Center Park were, from left to right, Alton Dillard, spokesman for Denver Elections; former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state; and Debra Johnson, Denver clerk and recorder. They were in front of Denver’s new mobile voting center, listed as one of the office highlights for last year. (SOS photo/Julia Sunny)

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson commandeered last year’s eclipse to highlight her 2017 annual report that looks at elections, marriage licenses and other clerk functions.

“A large swath of the U.S. 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 in news release issued today.

“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.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks to Denver Clerk Deb Johnson at the 2018 winter clerks conference in Colorado Springs. (SOS photo)

Johnson, who has decided not to run for a third term in 2019, left out one of her accomplishments: Being the subject of one of the funniest silent auction items ever.

Highlights of the report:

    • 8,406 marriages (5 percent increase)
    • 161,545 documents recorded
    • 35,544 newly registered voters
    • 401,454 ballots issued
    • Campaign finance and elected official financial reform
    • 3,000 bidders for foreclosure auctions
    • $2.7 million in excess funds returned to homeowners
    • First ever risk limiting audit
    • New mobile voting center (cleverly named Haul – N – Votes)