Secretary of State Wayne Williams inspires Inspire Colorado

Secretary of State Wayne Williams with four of the students who attended the Inspire Colorado event Monday night at History Colorado. From left to right: Robin Peterson, 17, Peak to Peak charter school; Torey Wyman, 17, and Tatum Wallis, 16, South High School; and Lila Jordan, 16, Denver School of Science and Technology, Cole campus. (SOS photo)
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. (SOS photo)

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? What is Colorado doing about climate change? What do you see as the top priorities in government?

Those are some the issues that arose Monday night when Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and four state lawmakers talked to a crowd of teen-agers at Inspire Colorado’s youth engagement forum about the importance of voting and being involved.

Inspire Colorado is a student-driven program that focuses on leadership, democracy and community. The students have encouraged their high school peers to register to vote, and others to participate in elections.

Lynne noted that she’s 63 and has never missed voting in an election. She brought up the discussion about 16-year-olds voting, after earlier being asked by a high school journalist if she supported the move.

And she also noted that a number of the participants at History Colorado were female.

“Wayne, what are we going to do about that?” she asked. The secretary of state, the father of two daughters, was cheered when he responded, “Celebrate it!”

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Under the “B” — Rep. Cole Wist’s first bill signing

Gov. John Hickenlooper uses bingo daubers when signing a bingo bill from Rep. Cole Wist, right, as Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and staffers watch. From left to right, Lynn Waring, Mike Hardin, Lisa Marty, Williams and Wist. From left to right,
Gov. John Hickenlooper uses bingo daubers when signing a bingo bill from Rep. Cole Wist, right, as Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and staffers watch. From left to right, Lynn Waring, Mike Hardin, Lisa Marty, Williams and Wist.

In what likely is a first in Colorado history, Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed a bill into law using a fountain pen and two Uncle Sam-themed bingo daubers.

The daubers were the courtesy of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, whose office oversees bingo operations.

Two Republicans, Rep. Cole Wist of Centennial, and Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango, sponsored House Bill 1189.

The measure, which passed with unanimous support in both the House and the Senate, repeals certain restrictions on bingo-raffle licensure and authorizes the secretary of state’s expanded discretion on the rules and regulations governing bingo-raffles and bingo-raffle licensure.

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