Gessler predicts uniform voting process
Colorado voters — from Denver to Delta and Dove Creek — are likely to cast ballots in statewide uniform fashion in the future, and they’ll likely do so on some form of paper ballots, Secretary of State Scott Gessler told voters Tuesday.
Gessler spoke to about 40 people on an election-integrity listening tour in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. He is to conduct a similar session at 8 a.m. today in Friendship Hall, 1001 N. 2nd St., in Montrose.
Based on discussions with voters, elections officials and others around the state on the subject of a uniform voting system, “My guess is that Colorado probably is headed in that direction,” Gessler said, “and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with paper.”
That drew a ripple of applause from the audience, made up mostly of Republicans with some Democrats and unaffiliated voters mixed in.
County clerks run elections in Colorado and each county does things differently, though many voters are familiar with paper ballots sent out in early voting. Some counties, such as Mesa, use touch-screen voting machines, as well, though the counties that use touch screens use machines from different suppliers.
Exactly the form that paper ballots might take is to be determined, Gessler said, noting that some form of electronic voting that generates or marks a paper ballot could end up as part of the mix.
Paper ballots got a vote of support from Palisade resident David Cox, who told Gessler that “there is nothing more simple, more transparent and more able to be audited than a paper ballot.”
Fruita resident Bob Erbisch, however, said he remained comfortable with the idea of electronic balloting.
Having worked in the election last year, Erbisch said he was “pretty satisfied that our votes in this county are extremely secure.”
Colorado already is moving toward a uniform system of voting with a statewide voter-registration system and the installation of high-speed printers in each county, Gessler said.
Those printers can churn out ballots and handle other printing, as well, Gessler said.