Inadvertently sometimes, but other times purposefully, public officials circumvent and weaken election statutes and rules, increase the likelihood of election error and fraud, and make it more and more difficult for the public to verify that the election outcomes are correct. Also, rulemaking and complaint processing procedures have been established that are self-serving and altogether unfair to the public.
This letter intends to draw your personal attention to Colorado’s defective election systems. We seek your leadership in setting a high priority agenda to devise and implement immediate and long term remedies. As a key official you can speak out in behalf of the public and draw attention to the problems. And you can recruit talent suitable to the task of addressing these problems.
This is urgent. With the highly contested 2012 election season already underway, it is vital that changes needed to protect the integrity of this election be devised, implemented and enforced. The stakes are high. Emotions are high. There is a risk that a “win whatever it takes attitude” will encourage voter intimidation, vote selling, voter impersonation and other inappropriate activity.
After more than a decade of work, we have observed a disturbing increase in the likelihood of a major election problem and a simultaneous decrease in the rights of citizens to verify election processes and results. If enough people do not trust election outcomes, there is no telling what might happen.
The voters of Colorado desperately need your help. We must not allow Colorado to be embarrassed in front of the nation by displaying on television our inferior non-transparent and unverifiable election systems.
Can we count on you to adopt a high priority agenda to devise and implement immediate and long term remedies? We would like to meet with you to provide details and to discuss potential solutions.
for, Colorado Voter Group
This letter was published in the July 22, 2011 edition of the Colorado Statesman.