The name is clunky — the Electronic Recording Technology Board. But its importance is hard to overstate — the board hands out grants to county clerks to update equipment that records property records, marriage licenses, mineral rights and more.
At Tuesday’s meeting at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, the board paid tribute to two outgoing members, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane and Adams County Clerk Stan Martin.
Crane has served as the chairman since the enterprise operation was created through legislation in 2016. The measure also authorized clerks to charge a $2-a-document fee for five years to create a pool of money to help counties cover the cost of upgrades and purchases.
“It’s been fun to get this off the ground, considering where we were,” Crane said.
“I love my husband — we’ll be married 60 years next year. But I don’t know if I want to be home with him all the time,” said Faye Griffin, the outgoing clerk in Jefferson County.
“I’ll miss you all when I’m sitting on a beach next November,” said Hillary Hall, Boulder County’s term-limited clerk and recorder.
“Colorado is the leader in elections. I’m so proud of that,” said Bent County’s longtime clerk, Patti Nickell.
Most of the state’s departing county clerks gathered Saturday night at the Melting Pot in Louisville, where they were feted by the Colorado County Clerks Association. Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, president of the CCCA, read a letter to her outgoing colleagues.
“Your commitment and sacrifice to your office, staff and citizens of your county is what public service is all about. The county clerk is the hub of the community for connection to their government, and with that came challenges, wonderful memories and a front seat for history,” she said.
“Please remember you will always be a part of us — that our shared experiences and mutual understanding will never dissipate.”
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams this week congratulated his elections staff on their work and asked them to help make the incoming secretary as successful as he has been.
Colorado set a record turnout for a midterm election, although ballots are still being counted.
“You guys did a phenomenal job,” the secretary said. “Thank you.”
On another Nov. 6, in 1990, Coloradans elected Republican Hank Brown to the U.S. Senate and re-elected Democrat Roy Romer governor. On this Nov. 6, Democrats shattered the state’s reputation as a ticket-splitter, electing Democrats to every statewide constitutional office.
The two top election staffers in the Colorado Secretary of State’s office praised colleagues Wednesday for their behind-the-scenes work that led to the successful general election on Tuesday.
“We ran a really fantastic election yesterday,” elections director Judd Choate said to those assembled outside his office.
In fact, the bipartisan attorneys who hang out in the Secretary of State’s office on election day handling reports from their folks in the field conceded the day was a bit boring.
That was just fine with Choate and his deputy director, Hilary Rudy.
“We had a great election, a secure election,” Choate said.
“One of the things about working in elections is you get notoriety or publicity when things go badly. That’s when people pay attention to elections. They don’t really think about the people behind the curtain,” he said. “I just want you all to know that we appreciate you and I think all of the citizens of Colorado appreciate all of your work.”
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, widely regarded as one of the best election chiefs in the country, on Tuesday lost his re-election bid to Democrat Jena Griswold.
Here is the letter he penned to the staff at 12:20 this morning:
By the time you read this in the morning, most of you will be aware that the administration of the 2018 general election went extraordinarily well. We had record turnout and voters across the state were able to easily participate and our election processes ran wonderfully.
Unfortunately for me, the results in my election were not what I desired. Jena and I spoke last night and plan to meet soon to discuss the transition that will occur on January 8.
Today I’m visiting with Brazilian election observers in Colorado Springs so I will be out of the office. I’ll be back on Thursday to prepare for the risk limiting audit.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to work with you for the past four years. Together we have built the best Secretary of State office in the nation. I’m proud of all we’ve done as a team and wish the very best for each of you during the next term.