Almost 1,000 Coloradans sign up as part of National Voter Registration Day

Celebrating National Voter Registration Day at Civic Center Park were, from left to right, Alton Dillard, spokesman for Denver Elections; former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state; and Debra Johnson, Denver clerk and recorder. (SOS photo by Julia Sunny)

More than 900 Coloradans signed up to vote one week ago today, National Voter Registration Day, and almost half of them chose to be unaffiliated.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his deputy, Suzanne Staiert, made media appearances as part of NVRD and some election offices, such as Arapahoe, El Paso and Denver counties, hosted registration events.

In all, 953 people registered to vote in Colorado on Sept. 26, according to Secretary of State data released Monday. Of that, 454 registered as unaffiliated, 285 as Democrat, 190 as Republican and the rest were third-party members. The five top counties with the most registrants were:

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams appears on “Good Morning Colorado” with anchors Megan Kelly and Kirk Yuhnke to talk about voter registration and participation. (SOS photo)

El Paso: 139

Denver: 128

Arapahoe: 113

Larimer: 100

Jefferson: 81

In addition, Boulder County registered 63 people and Adams and Douglas counties each registered 61.

The National Association of Secretaries of State in 2012 designated September as National Voter Registration Month with the fourth Tuesday in September set as National Voter Registration Day to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting.

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National Voter Registration Day big success in Colorado

 Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks about voter registration on CBS4. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks about voter registration on CBS4. (SOS photo)

Efforts to urge Coloradans to do their civic duty were highlighted throughout the state Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave radio interviews and made TV appearances starting Monday to remind residents of the importance of registering to vote — and updating voting registrations. Colorado is a mail-ballot state and the post office will not forward your ballot. (Go to GoVoteColorado.com to make sure you are current.)

Currently there are 3 million active voters in Colorado, according to figures collected by the Secretary of State through August. September’s numbers are expected to be released next week.

Here’s a look at some of the coverage of voter registration throughout Colorado:

CBS4: Reporter Shaun Boyd melded the days event with a Coloradan registering to vote for the first time at a booth at Civic Center Park and Williams’ interview with Boyd and her colleague, Alan Gionet, for example. She pointed out Colorado has the highest percentage of registered voters in the United States. The story.

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Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz sets up shop at chile festival

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Saturday dropped by the voter registration booth set up at Pueblo's Chili & Frijoles Festival. Manning the booth were staffers Ralph Valdez, Clerk and Recorder Bo Ortiz and Shawna Vigil.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Saturday dropped by the voter registration booth set up at Pueblo’s Chili & Frijoles Festival. Manning the booth were staffers Ralph Valdez, Clerk and Recorder Bo Ortiz and Shawna Vigil.

Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz is taking advantage of two events that cross paths in September: National Voter Registration Month and the Pueblo Chili & Frijoles Festival.

Ortiz told The Pueblo Chieftain he hopes to register 500 voters during the festival, which begins Friday and continues through Sunday.

Pueblo has 90,079 active voters, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Of that, 44 percent are Democrats, 30 percent are unaffiliated, 25 percent are Republican and the rest belong to minor parties.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams participated in a variety of events Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day. Coloradans who want to register to vote or make sure their address is correct — ballots are mailed, but not forwarded — can go to GoVoteColorado.com.

 

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 Wayne Williams shows how easy it is to register to vote in Colorado

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and Secretary of State Wayne Williams celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. (Lynn Bartels)
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and Secretary of State Wayne Williams celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. (Lynn Bartels)

Hats off to Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who spent a chunk of Tuesday talking about why voting matters and how easy it is to register to vote in Colorado, and then topped it off by starring in a voter-video set to  “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, where the importance of voting was stressed at events throughout the country.

When Williams served as El Paso County clerk and recorder, two school board races in 2013 were decided by a single vote, he said at various events.

Williams left his Colorado Springs house early Tuesday to arrive at CBS Denver at 6:15 a.m. He capped off the day at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in historic Five Points where a voter-registration event was hosted by Black Women for Positive Change, an international group. The chairman of the Colorado chapter is Patricia Duncan, whose late sister, Secretary of State Vikki Buckley, died in office in 1999.

“Colorado makes it extraordinarily easy to vote,” Williams said, asking library participants to get out their smart phones.

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