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What’s Working: A third-quarter check on Colorado’s economy and more on worker deaths and COVID

Twenty months into a pandemic that changed how people work — or think about what they want out of a job — the stats around Colorado’s economy appear mixed-to-dismal if you don’t have some perspective. But more on that below. This wasn’t meant to be a sequel to last week’s column on worker deaths related […]

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Mesa County deputy clerk charged with felony after allegedly entering office while suspended

Mesa County Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley turned herself in on Wednesday after being charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor cybercrimes, according to local prosecutors. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday after Knisley, 66, allegedly entered the Clerk and Recorder’s office on Aug. 25 and tried to use County Clerk Tina Peters’ credentials to print documents. […]

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Just four Colorado cities use ranked-choice voting. Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier for others to adopt.

It’s a relatively rare way to vote in the United States, but a group of Democratic state lawmakers want to make it easier to use ranked-choice voting to elect leaders in Colorado cities.  Here’s how it works: instead of casting a vote for a single candidate, voters rank candidates in order of their preference. The […]

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Mesa County clerk posts voter-fraud claims but cites no evidence

GRAND JUNCTION — A Colorado county clerk posted claims of voter fraud without providing evidence and despite assurances from election officials nationwide that the November election was safe and secure. Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters tweeted on Sunday that ballots could be counted more than once and that software used in voting machines […]

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What’s Working: Small business funding available, back to business in 2021, Colorado unemployment updates and more

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it past the first day of 2021. Congratulations!  We can look forward to wider availability of COVID-19 vaccinations (people 70 and older are now eligible). We welcome surviving businesses to ramp back up sooner than later — Gov. Jared Polis has already asked the health department to ease up […]

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Colorado reports nearly 29,000 rejected ballots in the 2020 election, with younger voters the bulk of total

Colorado rejected nearly 29,000 votes in the 2020 election because the ballots didn’t meet requirements in state law. In the vast majority of the ballots voided, the voter’s signature didn’t match the one in state records, and in other cases, newly registered voters didn’t provide the required identification, according to Colorado Sun analysis of preliminary […]

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Top spenders on Colorado ballot measures all claimed victory in 2020 election, new reports show

Dark-money nonprofits, a discount tobacco company and wealthy donors fueled the costly ballot initiative contests in Colorado, and the side that spent the most won all the contested races. The most expensive ballot measure was Proposition 115, a proposed ban on abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy that voters soundly rejected, 59% to 41%, at […]

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Colorado is expected to certify its election results soon — and without controversy

Colorado’s election results will be official within a week at the most and without the controversies surrounding lawsuits and certification seen in other states. All but one of the state’s 63 counties certified their election results last week. Gunnison County experienced a delay after elections officials contracted COVID-19 and expects to certify results this week. […]

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Fact check: Removal of Dominion Voting Systems document from Colorado website was temporary

By Ali Swenson, The Associated Press CLAIM: “The Colorado Secretary of State is DELETING DOMINION DOCUMENTS from the official Colorado Secretary of State website.” AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. A 2015 request-for-proposal document from the election technology firm Dominion Voting Systems was temporarily removed from the Colorado secretary of state’s website on Friday. However, it was […]

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To verify the 2020 vote count, Colorado takes one final step: an audit. Here’s how it works.

Confirming the legitimacy of an election in Colorado begins with the roll of a dice.  On Monday morning, employees of the Secretary of State’s Office will convene to roll a 10-sided dice 20 times, creating a sequence of numbers, or a “seed,” to determine which ballots the counties must check to confirm the accuracy of […]