Colorado County Clerks Association honors four lawmakers

State Rep. Dominick Morena, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane and lobbyist Mike Beasley at the Colorado County Clerks Association meeting Monday. Crane is president of the group, which honored four lawmakers, including Moreno. (SOS photo)
State Rep. Dominick Moreno, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane and lobbyist Mike Beasley at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference Monday. Crane is president of the group, which honored four lawmakers, including Moreno. (SOS photo)

The Colorado County Clerks Association today recognized three lawmakers who sponsored a bill to make it easier for clerks to maintain or upgrade equipment used to record documents.

The effort to pass the bill actually began two to three years ago, CCCA director Pam Anderson told clerks at their summer conference, which began Monday.

A lot of people put a lot of effort into getting Senate Bill 115 passed, she said, including the sponsors. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans, Rep. Kathleen Conti of Littleton and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Thornton, and Rep. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat.

“With perseverance you can get things done at the Capitol,” Humenik told the clerks. “Sometimes it just takes several years.”

The clerks association also honored outgoing Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Boulder Democrat who is only the second woman to lead the House. She carried House Bill 1303 in 2013, which made major changes in Colorado’s election laws.

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Secretary Wayne Williams to honor election-training veterans

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuelta County Clerk June Madrid.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuelta County Clerk June Madrid during a visit in March. Madrid is one of 48 clerks and election staffers who began election training a decade ago and will be recognized next week.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office this year celebrated its 10th anniversary of training election officials to ensure uniformity in administering elections and interpreting laws and rules.

To commemorate the occasion, the 48 people who completed their certification that year and still maintain their status and work in elections will be recognized next week at the Colorado County Clerks Association summer meeting. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will present 10-year pins to the recipients.

The Colorado Election Official Certification program began shortly after the passage of the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA. Then-Secretary of State Donetta Davidson recognized the need for better training and education of Colorado election officials.

“Our program keeps getting better,” SOS Deputy Elections Director Hilary Rudy said. “We’ve really upped the bar to make it a good, effective, professional program. And that’s largely from the feedback we’ve received over the years from the clerks and their staffs who attend the training.”

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Happy Trails, Keara Brosnan

Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office's communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.
Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office’s communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.

Today I say good-bye to my intern, my techie and my friend. I’ll miss you Keara Brosnan.

You know you’ve selected the right intern when you both quote the same lines from “Napoléon Dynamite,” including, “Tina, you fat lard. Come get some dinner.”

When Keara came to the Secretary of  State’s office for her interview last fall she said everybody calls her Kiki because no one can pronounced Keara. I should have taken that as a clue but I insisted we go with Keara. I found myself saying over and over again, “Key,” like a car key, “air,” like what we breathe, “uh,” as in uh huh.

By the time she accompanied Secretary of State Wayne Williams last month on a breathtakingly beautiful road trip — Hinsdale, Rio Grande and Garfield counties — he almost had the name down.

Keara, 22, graduated from the University of Denver in March with a degree in strategic communications. She is from the bay area in California.

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County clerks help Republicans, Democrats, tally assembly ballots

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman had plenty of help from fellow county clerks and his staff when counting ballots at the two-day Colorado Republican Party assembly.

It was Broerman who took the stage Saturday with GOP chairman Steve House, when House announced the stunning results of the U.S. Senate race. Of the eight candidates trying get on at the assembly by getting at least 30 percent of the delegate vote only one person, only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, made it. Glenn kept everyone else off the ballot by getting 70 percent of the vote.

Nearly 14,500 ballots were processed during voting on Friday and Saturday for delegates, the U.S. Senate, CU regent and more.

The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.
The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.

Colorado Democrats are doing things differently when they meet this Saturday in Loveland.

Denver Elections has already  prepared the ballots for the party, but staffers won’t be in Loveland doing the counting. The ballots will be tabulated back at the main office site and the results released Monday by the Colorado Democratic Party, elections director Amber McReynolds said.

Democrats don’t have a scramble for a Senate candidate. The incumbent, Michael Bennet, is running again.

Denver also handled the election last year for the contentious race for chair of the state Democratic Party.

“County clerks provide support to ensure this important process is conducted properly,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

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Colorado’s county clerks learn, laugh, lip sync at winter conference

Steven Bennett with Dominion Voting Systems, the firm selected to provide equipment for the state, talks with clerks at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference this week in Fort Collins. The clerks are, left to right, Kiowa's Delisa Weeks, Cheyenne's Patricia Daugherty and Washington's Garland Wahl.
Steven Bennett with Dominion Voting Systems, the firm selected to provide equipment for the state, talks with clerks at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference this
week in Fort Collins. The clerks are, left to right, Kiowa’s Delisa Weeks, Cheyenne’s Patricia Daugherty and Washington’s Garland Wahl.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod.

Colorado’s hard-working county clerks traded tips on what works — and what might not — during their winter conference this week in Fort Collins.

The Colorado County Clerks Association’s conference offered clerks and their staffs the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops on topics ranging from motor vehicle registrations, the November election and communication best-practices.

“We’re a small county,” said Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod. “We really need to think outside the box and you get ideas to do that at this conference.”

Secretary of State Wayne Williams attended the three-day event.

Colorado Secretary of State gets a kick out of the cupcake he received Tuesday on his 53rd birthday. It was presented to him by Pam Anderson, executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association at its conference in Fort Collins.
Colorado Secretary of State gets a kick out of the cupcake he received Tuesday on his 53rd birthday. To his right is Pam Anderson, executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association.

“Both I and my staff welcomed the opportunity to share best practices and legal requirements with our county partners,” Williams said. “And I enjoyed seeing so many of my friends.  If I had to be away from family for my birthday, there’s no finer group to be with.”

Williams turned 53 on Tuesday. Clerks serenaded Williams after Pam Anderson, the executive director of the association, presented the secretary with a cupcake.

Williams talked to the clerks about his decision to go with vendor Dominion Voting Systems, which was the No. 1 choice of a committee studying voting systems.  And he announced Wednesday that the state will use federal Help America Vote Act funds to cover 50 percent of a county’s costs to train, test, install and manage the project this year and next.

Gunnison County is one of more than 20 counties that will be switching to Denver-based Dominion this year.

Chief Deputy Clerk Diane Folowell said she spent a “considerable amount of time” meeting with Dominion, one of the many vendors that had a booth set up at the conference.

Gunnison County Clerk Kathy Simillion and Chief Deputy Clerk Diane Folowell.
Gunnison County Clerk Kathy Simillion and Chief Deputy Clerk Diane Folowell.

Gunnison Clerk Kathy Simillion said learning about the equipment was “just part of it.”

“I also enjoy the camaraderie and learning ideas from other clerks,” she said.

For several clerks, it was a chance to meet for the first time the secretary of state staffers they have talk to on the phone on a regular basis.

The conference also saw the changing of the guard, with Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane taking over for La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker as president. Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon is the president elect, while Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell was sworn in as vice president.

Former Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle was named an honorary lifetime clerk.  He was introduced by his successor,  Clerk Angela Myers.

“I look out upon this room and see lots of hardworking clerks. The work you do is challenging, but it is extremely important and the basis of our free society,” Doyle said.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson and SOS staffers during the lip-synch competition at the Colorado County Clerks Association banquet Wednesday in Fort Collins. The group was introduced as "Lil Wayne and the Hanging Chads."
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson and SOS staffers during the lip-synch competition at the Colorado County Clerks Association banquet Wednesday in Fort Collins. The group was introduced as “Lil Wayne and the Hanging Chads.”

After the banquet,  clerks and their staffs competed in a hilarious lip-sync contest. Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes and staffers took top prize for for their rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

Williams and his staff, along with Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, performed “Under Pressure.” They got a good laugh when they were introduced as “Lil’ Wayne and the Hanging Chads.”