A story in The Washington Post today about Colorado’s stellar election security has been read far and wide — to the delight of those who handle elections in the Centennial State.
“Nationwide, states are taking a variety of measures to bolster their election systems ahead of November, from replacing old equipment to conducting vulnerability tests to hiring new staff,” Post reporter Derek Hawkins wrote. “But few, if any, have gone as far as Colorado has — indeed, many states don’t have the funding to make the upgrades.”
The headline of the article: “How Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.”
“If people perceive a risk, they’re less likely to participate in voting,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is quoted as saying. “We want to protect people from that threat, and we want to people to perceive that they are protected from that threat.”
D.J. Davis, the assistant director of Business & Licensing at the SOS, heard about the story from a friend in Paris, who e-mailed him the link.
When El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton saw the article, she praised Secretary Williams, her own county clerk, Chuck Broerman, and her fellow commissioners for “working as a team to ensure a robust voting process in CO and El Paso County!”
Broerman’s response: “We have a great team here that the citizens of El Paso County can truly be proud of working for them.”
Williams was only to happy to share this response from Lincoln County Clerk Corinne Lengel with his staff:
“You must know that we are only as good as those who train us,” Lengel said, in an e-mail to the secretary. “You and your staff are amazing. Thanks for all YOU do to put us in this category.”
The article also talks about Colorado’s new election equipment, its risk-limiting audit after the 2017 election and a tweet of Williams talking to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet about election security at his office in Washington in February.
Williams and his information technology chief, Trevor Timmons, spoke with The Post for the article. So did others.
“Colorado is certainly hitting all the high points that we’ve been arguing others should,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology and an expert on voting systems told The Washington Post. “It’s hard to compare states apples-to-apples because they’re so different, but Colorado has really been a leader.”