Colorado shares ideas with Wyoming

Hilary Rudy, deputy elections director for the Colorado secretary of state's office, Renea Vitto, president of the Wyoming County Clerks Association and the clerk of Natrona County, and Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers.
Hilary Rudy, deputy elections director for the Colorado secretary of state’s office, Renea Vitto, president of the Wyoming County Clerks Association and the clerk of Natrona County, and Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers.

There aren’t any border wars when it comes to elections, just ask Colorado and Wyoming.

This week, Colorado’s deputy elections director, Hilary Rudy, and Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers met with Renea Vitto,  president of the Wyoming County Clerks Association and the clerk of Natrona County, in Cheyenne.

Wyoming asked to talk with Colorado about how the the state implemented mail ballots and Colorado was glad to oblige.

“It was fun presenting with Angela,” Rudy said. “We loved it when one of the clerks commented on how well we worked together.”

Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray and his wife, Caren.
Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray and his wife, Caren.

Meanwhile, Wyoming’s secretary of state, Ed Murray, is learning new ideas at the National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Washington, D.C. Also in attendance is Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

The workshops have included a variety of topics, from elections to notaries to civil technology — where Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortez gave a shout out to Colorado’s awarding-winning app and business challenge, GoCodeColorado.

Murray said he hopes to learn new ideas for communicating with Wyoming voters.

My first tip? “Set up a Twitter account.”

My second tip? Remember whose account you are tweeting from. Yesterday, I retweeted something about a Bernie Sanders rally — from the Colorado Secretary of State’s account, not mine. Crikey!

 

Super Bowl ends on a high note for the hungry, Denver Broncos fans

Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.
Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has worn a Denver Broncos shirt three days in a row while in Washington D.C., not to rub it in to his fellow secretaries of state about this year’s Super Bowl champion, oh no, but to express his pride in the team.

He wore one Tuesday and Wednesday and donned Broncos paraphernalia again Thursday because it was the first time he was going to see North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who had wagered a Super Bowl bet with Williams that the Carolina Panthers would prevail in the big game.

The beneficiaries of the bet were the local food banks in North Carolina and Colorado, which each received more than 1,100 pounds of all kinds of food, from peanut butter to mac-and-cheese to tuna.

Williams is attending the National Association of Secretaries of State’s winter conference. He is co-chair of NASS’ Elections Committee and will serve on a panel Friday afternoon on voting issues. (I’m on a media panel the same day.)

Read moreSuper Bowl ends on a high note for the hungry, Denver Broncos fans