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Issues

As Secretary of State I will work to return integrity, transparency, and accountability to the office. Below I have outlined some of the key issues that Colorado faces and what I plan to do if elected as Secretary of State.

RESTORING TRUST IN COLORADO’S CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICIAL

The right to vote is sacred. Recently, top election officials in Colorado and across the country have used the Secretary of State’s office for partisan gain, at the expense of voters. Your taxpayer dollars should not be used to give one political party an advantage. As your Secretary of State, I will work in partnership with elected officials, election administrators, community leaders and voters of all backgrounds to protect the sanctity, security, and accessibility of our elections in Colorado.

PROTECTING YOUR VOTING ACCESS

I believe that voting should be as accessible and as easy as possible for all eligible voters. Now, all registered voters receive ballots in the mail, allowing you to vote at your own convenience. We also have robust in-person options available to help voters through the process, including registering to vote up to and on Election Day. As your Secretary of State, I will continue to protect these voting options, while working with county clerks to ensure that our elections are efficient, affordable, and accessible.

I’ll also work to expand voter access where it is lacking, including:

Using technology such as iPads to ease the voting process for voters with disabilities, voters in nursing homes and non-English speaking voters.
Streamlining the process for our active military voters to register and vote, ensuring that those protecting our democracy can fully participate in it.
Partnering with county clerks to increase voting options in our rural areas.
Requiring a voting location on all college campuses in Colorado to better engage young people in our democracy.

IMPROVING OUR ELECTION TECHNOLOGY

Colorado’s election technology is woefully out of date. The system we use to maintain voter registration records and conduct elections was designed primarily for use at polling places. It is time for Colorado to invest in new voting technology that will help prevent fraud and make our elections more efficient. If elected, I plan to work with Colorado’s county clerks, the Governor’s administration and voters to modernize Colorado’s election technology. By working with the bright talent we have in Colorado, including at our State Universities, we can build a homegrown system that will make our elections better than ever.

INCREASING TRANSPARENCY IN CAMPAIGNS

Like you, I’m tired of the barrage of ads we face every election year from shadowy groups that refuse to disclose their donors or even try to present factually accurate ads. I will work to increase transparency in our campaign finance system, including creating a website that provides all available information about each entity running commercials concerning Colorado’s elections. I will also enforce our campaign finance laws by holding violators accountable.

STRENGTHENING TIES TO OUR BUSINESS AND NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES

Like with elections, the technology for our business filings is antiquated. Working with Colorado businesses and non-profits, my office will develop a new filing system that will allow for easier filing and bulk uploading of documents, giving businesses more time to focus on their work and less on bureaucracy.

MINIMIZING FILING FEES AND BALANCING THE BUDGET

The current Secretary of State has mismanaged the budget for the office, an office that is supposed to be self-sufficient and is paid for primarily by business filing fees, notary fees, and non-profit filing fees. As a business attorney, I recognize the burden that unnecessary costs and bureaucratic red tape can put on businesses in Colorado. If elected, I will set filing fees at an amount that will attract businesses and non-profit organizations to our great state while also providing a reasonable and balanced budget for the Secretary of State’s office.