A soldier’s story: Colorado leads when it comes to military voting

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Army Major Eric Lintelmann at Colorado Springs’ Armed Forces lunch on May 17.

You can’t blame Secretary of State Wayne Williams for beaming when a solider at an Armed Forces lunch praised Colorado’s process for overseas and military voters.

And then  Army Major Eric Lintelmann followed up with an e-mail to the state’s top election official.

“Sir,” the soldier began.  “As a native Coloradan, I am extremely proud of our state’s voting process.”

Lintelmann explained that when he was stationed in Iraq in 2016 mail was taking anywhere from one to three months to arrive.  At the time, he was the voting assistance officer.

“I had voters from Mississippi, Illinois, California, Texas, and mostly Colorado,” he wrote. “The people from the non Colorado states had much more trouble getting help voting … However, all Colorado voters who wanted to vote were able to vote. I had soldiers from Teller, El Paso, Douglas, Elbert and Denver counties.”

With Memorial Day just around the corner, when America honors those who died in active military service, it’s important to note that Colorado has 8,086 military voters. Nearly one-third are registered to vote in El Paso County, home to five military installations, including Peterson Air Force Base, where Lintelmann is stationed.

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All about U: Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell and Steffan Tubbs

Colorado’s county clerks, bold-faced names, lawmakers and others are delighting us here at the Secretary of State’s office with the creative ways they are decorating wooden U’s.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive. They have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

Every day between now and the June 26 primary we will highlight a U or two. Recipients were asked to consider their values when decorating or to just have fun. Some clerks highlighted their counties.

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell said the U represents all dozen 14’ers in the county; there are 58 statewide.
Radio host Steffan Tubbs’ U reflects his work with veterans.

SBA touts Colorado’s amazing small business success stories

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, and Dan Nordberg, right, the regional director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII, with the winners of the Colorado Small Business Persons of the Year award, Margot Langstaff and Elisa Hamill with LifeHealth in Littleton. The Colorado-based company provides a range of clinical health services. (SOS photo)

Check out these Small Business Administration loan success stories in Colorado: Otter Box, Chipolte, Snooze, New Belgium Brewing and more.

At an awards ceremony Wednesday in Centennial,  Dan Nordberg, regional director of the SBA’s District VIII, emphasized the impact of small businesses and the SBA in the state.

“Over the last 64 years more than 70,000 Colorado companies have financed their American dream using the SBA’s funding programs,” he said.

The ceremony was part of National Small Business Week, which includes local business events and workshops throughout the state. In addition, each state hands out awards and some recipients are honored at an event in Washington, D.C.

“It was heartwarming to see the successs of these great businesses.  More than a million Coloradans work for the more than 600,000 Colorado small businesses,” noted Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “Our office works hard to provide common sense easy filings for every business and nonprofit across the state.”

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Colorado praised for election security

From left to right, Eric Rosenbach, co-head of the Belfer Center at Harvard, Lisa Monaco, former Homeland Security adviser to President Obama, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, discuss election security at an event earlier this month. (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his operation were praised during a recent cybersecurity initiative in Northern California, one of a series of cybersecurity events the Colorado SOS has been invited to participate in.

Eric Rosenbach, co-head of the Belfer Center at Harvard, moderated a discussion on election security between Secretary Williams and Lisa Monaco, who served as the Homeland Security adviser to President Obama.

“Your team in Colorado is very good, essentially recognized as one of the best in the nation,” Rosenbach told Williams.

Monaco agreed.

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Secretary Williams talks cybersecurity with Lockheed Martin system users

April 19, 2018
Rob Smith, a vice president at Lockheed Martin, and Secretary of State Wayne Williams after the secretary’s speech on cyber security at the firm’s Deer Creek facility last week. (Lockheed Martin photo)

Major credit card companies this month eliminated the need for customers to sign their receipts, but don’t except the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to adopt that policy any time soon for voters who turn in their ballots.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams explained how the ballot process works when he addressed a Lockheed Martin seminar at its Deer Creek facility last week during a conference on cybersecurity. He said a voter’s signature is a “critical part of the integrity of the process.”

“When you have a mail ballot sent to you, the way we know it’s you is you signed the envelope and we scan that envelope when it comes in and we compare your signature to the signature that’s on file,” he said. “I don’t see us stepping away from that until we get some other way to verify it actually is that person.”

The seminar at Lockheed was attended by users of  Radiant Mercury, a cross-domain intelligence sharing system that allows secure sharing of sensitive data between unclassified and classified security domains. The system was developed at the Deer Creek facility. Among those at the seminar were members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and the intelligence community.

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