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Colorado Democrats, election officials are trying to prevent insider threats to election security

People who tamper with voting equipment or publish confidential voting system information in Colorado could face felony charges punishable by up to three years in prison under a measure introduced Friday by Colorado Democrats and backed by state and local election officials.  Senate Bill 153 would also bar those convicted of certain offenses, including attempting […]

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Supporters converge in Mesa County to back up clerk Tina Peters, who is in hiding after voting system breach

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled — and invisible — Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters sent a message to 250 or so supporters gathered in a parking lot outside the Mesa County Elections office Saturday afternoon: “I love you, and I will always serve you.” In response, individuals in the crowd waved their flags harder, hoisted their […]

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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 […]

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Colorado 2020 election: Do you have questions about voting and mail ballots in Colorado? We answered them.

UPDATED Oct. 19, 2020 All the national talk about the 2020 election obscures an important truth: In Colorado, voting is easier and more secure than ever before. To help you navigate the process, The Colorado Sun interviewed dozens of county clerks, state election officials and voting experts to break it down in simple terms. Here’s […]

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The attempted recall of Mesa County’s clerk comes up short. But the battle over her office isn’t over.

An attempt to gather enough signatures to force a recall vote for controversial Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has fallen shy of the minimum 12,129 needed signers. But that doesn’t mean one of the county’s ugliest political skirmishes in modern times is over. Clerk Tina Peters will remain in the job without a voter challenge […]

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While Colorado voted, cyber experts were watching for the worst threats to state’s election systems

Inside one of Colorado’s busiest election hubs on Tuesday morning, it was so quiet you could hear someone crack open a can of soda. All eyes were on personal computer screens or the big monitor in the front of the room showing activity on computer systems handling state voter registration, voter verification and vote tallies. […]

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It’s been a smooth ride for most Colorado voters, but even minor midterm glitches seem bigger in a volatile political climate

Absentee ballots that didn’t make it back to Denver. Some 61,000 Adams County ballots that wound up in storage for a week, instead of in voters’ hands. Drop-off boxes stuffed to the brim. Worries among voters whose drop-off sites blur county lines that their ballots might not be counted. It hasn’t been a silky smooth […]