Logan County election official wins “Michele Burton” award

Logan County Clerk Pam Logan with her elections supervisor. Traci Griffee, and Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. Griffee today received an award from the organization.
Logan County Clerk Pam Logan with her elections supervisor. Traci Griffee, and Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. Griffee today received an award from the organization. (SOS photo)

Logan County’s election supervisor today received an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association that honors those who demonstrate “love and extra devotion to the election process.”

Traci Griffee was nominated by her clerk, Pam Bacon, who outlined what Griffee has done for the office since beginning work there in 2011.

“I am not only honored to nominate her for the Michele Burton award but I am also honored to have her on my team and right beside me in the election battle field,” Bacon said in her nomination letter. “I know I don’t say it enough but I would like to thank her for everything she does for me, the office and the citizens of our county.”

Michele Burton began her elections career in 1976 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and ended it as an Arapahoe County elections deputy. She and her husband Wayne died in a car accident in 2000 as they were traveling to Utah to watch their 14-year-old son play in a soccer tournament. The Grandview High student was not in the car, which collided with a deer.

The award was presented at the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference at the Inverness Hotel in Arapahoe County. The conference ends Wednesday.

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Elections panel to make recommendation on voting machines to Secretary Wayne Williams

Members of the Pilot Election Review Committee looking at voting systems for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams are, left to right, attorney Jennifer Levin with Disability Law Colorado; El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman; Dwight Shellman with the secretary of state's office; Eagle County Clerk Teak Simonton; former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Clarissa Arellano Thomas, PERC chair and a member of an earlier group looking at voting machines; former Morgan County Clerk and Recorder Connie Ingmir; and Weld County Commissioner Steve Moreno, former clerk and recorder. (Eddie Morgan/SOS)
Members of the Pilot Election Review Committee looking at voting systems for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams are, left to right, attorney Jennifer Levin with Disability Law Colorado; El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman; Dwight Shellman with the secretary of state’s office; Eagle County Clerk Teak Simonton; former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Clarissa Arellano Thomas, PERC chair and a member of an earlier group looking at voting machines; former Morgan County Clerk and Recorder Connie Ingmire; and Weld County Commissioner Steve Moreno, former clerk and recorder. (Eddie Morgan/SOS)

Four voting machine companies on Friday pitched their systems to a committee appointed by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to look at moving the state to a universal voting system.

The Pilot Election Review Committee, or PERC,  has been meeting for months and members checked machines from the four firms that provided equipment for eight counties in the Nov. 3 election.

“The PERC members bring vast experience from many different levels across the state of Colorado,” Williams said. “I appreciate their dedication and diligence and look forward to their recommendation.”

A video of the day-long hearing will be available at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website next week. The committee will next meet on Dec. 4, where pilot county election staff has been invited to discuss their experiences with voting systems and answer questions of committee. The committee is expected to vote on a recommendation to Secretary Williams at its Dec. 11 meeting.

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