Secretary Wayne Williams discusses Nov. 3 election with county clerks

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and county clerks from the state's mountain region, met Wednesday in Rifle. They are standing in front of the stained glass window in the Rifle Library that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt's visits to the area.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and county clerks from the state’s mountain region, met Wednesday in Rifle. They are standing in front of the stained glass window in the Rifle Library that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt’s visits to the area.
Members of the Secretary of State's employee relations committee serve up pancakes to the staff Wednesday morning as part of an office fundraiser. They are, from left to right
Members of the Secretary of State’s employee relations committee serve up pancakes to the staff Wednesday morning as part of an office fundraiser. They are, from left to right, Abbas Montoya, Kris Reynolds, Jan Perry and Lynn Waring.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams hit the road again on Wednesday, this time heading to Rifle to meet with the mountain region county clerks at their fall meeting.

Williams already has traveled to Limon to meet with clerks from the eastern side of the state and to Alamosa to meet with clerks from the south.

But going to Rifle meant Williams missed the Colorado Secretary of State’s office breakfast sponsored by the Employee Relations Committee. Plenty of pancakes for $1.50 and two pieces of bacon for 50 cents.  It was the perfect way to start the first day of fall.

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Secretary Williams updates county clerks on NFIB lawsuit

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state's southern regional at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state’s southern region at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave county clerks in southern Colorado an update Tuesday on a lawsuit the state’s leading small-business group filed against his office, saying money collected through business filing fees shouldn’t be used to pay for election costs.

The clerks asked Williams to draw up a summary they can present to their commissioners on the fiscal impact  of the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Independent Business. A Denver judge, who heard arguments in the case last week, is expected to make a ruling within two months.

Clerks present at the conference were, left to right, Melanie Woodward of Alamosa County, Lawrence Gallegos of Conejos,  Tiffany Parker of La Plata, Debbi Green of Park, Krystal Brown of Teller, Secretary Williams,  Lori Mitchell of Chaffee,  Kelley Camper of Custer, Cindy Hill of Rio Grande, Patti Nickell of Bent,  Carla Gomez of Saguache, Nancy Cruz of Huerfano,  Peach Vigil of Las Animas and Kathy Simillion of Gunnison.

Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz wasn’t in the shot — he had stepped out to take a call when it was snapped.

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Colorado secretary of state visits Mesa County

Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday visited Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Rainer and elections director Amanda Polson. Mesa is one of eight counties involved in a pilot program testing voting equipment in the Nov. 3 election.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday visited Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and elections director Amanda Polson. Mesa is one of eight counties involved in a pilot program testing voting equipment in the Nov. 3 election.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams dropped by the Mesa County clerk and recorder’s office on Monday to visit with clerk Sheila Reiner and discuss voting equipment the county will be using on Nov. 3.

Mesa County is one of eight volunteer counties that is testing equipment from four different voting-machine companies. Each of the four vendors is operating in one large county and a smaller county. Dominion is providing the equipment used in Denver and Mesa counties.

The system must be able to process mail ballots and allow for in-person voting for those who still mark their ballots in person at county polling centers, Williams said.

The other companies and the counties they are partnered with are: Clear Ballot, Adams and Gilpin; ES&S in Jefferson and Teller; and Hart Intercivic in Douglas and Garfield.

The state is looking to eventually adopt a uniform voting system.

Reiner praised the secretary of state.

“Wayne’s accessible. He’s been a good partner,” she said.

Williams will be in Alamosa Tuesday for the fall conference for the southern county clerks.  He was in Limon last week for the fall conference for the eastern county clerks.