For the second time this month, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talked to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce about this year’s primary election, where unaffiliated voters for the first time in history will be able to vote in primary elections without formally affiliating with a major political party.
The office is developing a mostly digital campaign to let unaffiliated voters know they can only mark and return a Democratic or a Republican ballot. But they can’t vote both — if they do, the votes won’t count.
“This is part of what we’re trying to convey,” Williams told the chamber’s Public Affairs Council this morning. “Make sure your vote counts.”
The secretary of state’s office recently polled unaffiliated voters. Among the results:
The people of Puerto Rico have a special place in their hearts for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams after Williams co-sponsored a resolution supporting the island’s effort toward statehood.
That’s the word from Puerto Rico’s secretary of state, Luis Rivera Marín, after the National Association of Secretaries of State voted in support of the resolution at its winter conference in Washington, D.C., this week.
The vote on Monday followed a debate where some secretaries said NASS had no business getting involved in Puerto Rico’s quest for statehood.
“I’m so grateful for Secretary Williams’ support for the people of Puerto Rico,” Marín said. “His support has been outstanding and all of the people of Puerto Rico are really grateful for that.”
The tribute came as NASED gathered in Washington, D.C., for its winter conference.
The association’s goal is to promote accessible, accurate and transparent elections across the country and U.S. territories. The role of NASED, pronounced “NASS ed,” has grown increasingly more important as concerns mount over cyber security and foreign meddling.
“It has been an extraordinary year,” Choate said. “NASED is an amazingly important organization, and it has been my honor to lead it this past year.”
Choate, who has served on the group’s executive committee the past five years, received a baseball glove and ball signed by the NASED board. He’s a baseball fanatic who was a scout with the Kansas City Royals in the 1990s.
The group also gave him a bobblehead replica of himself in a seersucker suit.
NASED met at the Fairmont Hotel where the National Association of Secretaries of State also was holding its winter conference. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams serves NASS’ executive committee.
“Judd’s leadership of NASED has helped Colorado by giving us additional insights and opportunities,” Williams said. “I think he’s done a great job leading this important organization.”