“I’ve worked really hard. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished,” Olson said at the end of the ceremony. “I very often put my work before my personal life and I don’t have any regrets. I felt like that’s what the job required. But I do want to tell my family how much I appreciate their support.”
Denver Elections has won its latest prestigious award, for its first-in-the-nation innovation that allows voters to sign petitions and register to vote on a tablet instead of paper.
Denver received the Outstanding Achievement in International Institutional Engagement and Electoral Ergonomy from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) for its eSign/VRD.
“Some of the past award winners from the ICPS include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former South African President Nelson Mandela,” elections director Amber McReynolds said in a news release. “To be recognized for our efforts is both humbling and indicative of our commitment to create innovative solutions that better serve our customers.
Meanwhile, another elections director, Liz Olson, was named the Leader of the Year in the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office. The award typically does not go to someone in management.
“On the heels of a tremendously challenging and historical presidential election, it’s more than fitting to acknowledge the exceptional leadership skills of the person at the head of our Election Department, manager Liz Olson,” the El Paso County Clerk’s office posted on its Facebook page.
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.
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.
Here’s to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s elections division, which recently was honored by the county with an “Innovation Award.
The El Paso County Board of Commissioners handed out three awards that recognized a new idea or process that resulted in a positive improvement in customer service.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the innovations our elections department implemented in 2015, which saved taxpayers $189,000 and improved the voter experience,” El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman said in a news release.