Colorado Secretary of State election, 2014

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Colorado Secretary of State Election

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Gessler Republican Party
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The Colorado Secretary of State election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Scott Gessler (R) was first elected in 2010 and was eligible to seek re-election in 2014, though he ran unsuccessfully for governor.

The race to replace Gessler features four candidates: University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse (D), El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams, Libertarian Party candidate David Schambach and Constitution Party candidate Amanda Campbell. Recent elections for Colorado Secretary of State detailed in the past elections section have shown narrow margins of victory for Republican candidates, setting up a potentially close race in 2014. The campaign themes section linked here highlights candidate views on important issues like voter ID, vote by mail and election integrity.

Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[1]

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Joe Neguse - University of Colorado Regent, 2nd Congressional District[2][3]
Republican Party Wayne W. Williams - El Paso County Clerk[4]
Libertarian Party David Schambach[5]
Constitution Party (American Constitution Party) Amanda Campbell - American Constitution Party Membership Secretary and Treasurer

Filed for other office

Republican Party Scott Gessler - Incumbent

Campaign themes

Joe Neguse, Wayne W. Williams and David Schambach were asked by Colorado Public Radio (CPR) about their views on issues facing Colorado voters. The following sections quote their responses verbatim to questions supplied by CPR:

Encourage more voting

Joe Neguse

As a first generation American, I believe the right to vote is sacred, and will work to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their vote. Working together, across party lines, we can make Colorado the best state in the country for voter registration and participation. As secretary of state, I will work to empower voters across the state and break down barriers to the ballot box, making it easier for those who are eligible to participate in the democratic process. For example, we can expand voter access by streamlining the process for our active military voters to register and vote, ensuring that those protecting our democracy can fully participate in it. We also should partner with county clerks to increase voting options in our rural areas, utilizing tablet technology to ease the voting process for voters with disabilities and voters in group residential homes, and deploy new ballot trace technology and a mobile voting app that will provide voters with comprehensive information (such as turn-by-turn directions to their nearest voter service polling center). Similarly, by working with our colleges and universities and engaging in creative outreach programs, we can empower more young people across our state to exercise their constitutional right to vote and increase voter participation. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

David Schambach

Proliferate mail-in voting, and take strides to get our youth involved! [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Wayne W. Williams

As county clerk in the state's largest county, I've run media campaigns to encourage voter registration and updating addresses. I’ve worked with the current secretary of state to mail Coloradans who appear to be unregistered the necessary information to register to vote. We have added a dozen 24/7 mail ballot drop boxes – and for those who choose to return ballots by mail we have listed the specific postage necessary (instead of just saying “affix sufficient postage”). We have worked with all parties and groups to ensure that our polling locations are located in easy to reach locations and we’ve exceeded legal requirements by opening more locations and opening them for longer hours. As a result of these efforts, more citizens have voted than ever before in my county. As secretary of state, I will continue these efforts across the state. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Voter ID

Joe Neguse

Colorado already has a robust identification law that requires citizens to present an acceptable form of identification, and the law strikes the right balance in recognizing that different Coloradans will have access to different types of identification. Colorado has a long history of clean elections, and we should spend more time focused on empowering voters and making voting easier and more accessible for those who are eligible to do so. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

David Schambach

Yes, I think that is a fair requirement. There are 14 different accepted forms of ID, pretty easy criteria to meet unless you are a hermit... Do hermits vote? [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Wayne W. Williams

Yes. Colorado law already provides free photo identification to indigent and elderly residents. Requiring photo identification -- particularly when a voter's address has not been previously verified -- will ensure the integrity of the election system. Citizens are more likely to vote when they have confidence in the system. (Current law permits an individual to present a utility bill -- which may or may not be legitimate – and cast a regular ballot. Real ID – like a driver's license or a free state-issued ID card should be required.) [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Support voting by mail?

Joe Neguse

Yes. Voting by mail allows Colorado citizens the time and flexibility to vote at their convenience and increases voter participation. I supported the important statutory reforms made to our election laws last year, one of which ensures every registered voter receives a mail ballot. I believe we need a secretary of state who will protect these important reforms, and if elected, I will do precisely that. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

David Schambach

YES!! [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Wayne W. Williams

Yes, as long as signatures are verified and addresses are correct. Colorado law needs to be updated to ensure signature verification for all mail ballots, including local elections. Voters should have the choice as to how they receive their ballot. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Election technology

Joe Neguse

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 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. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

David Schambach

Eliminate television campaign ads, they are obnoxious, not representative of the truth, and an EXPENSIVE waste of money. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Wayne W. Williams

Current systems use software that is no longer supported. I have worked with my fellow county clerks and the secretary of state to improve our voting systems and make them more accessible to individuals with disabilities. Going forward we need to work together to ensure the best possible experience for Colorado voters. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Election fairness

Joe Neguse

Like many Coloradans, I am 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. Additionally, I will work with county clerks to enhance our current election technology, for example, deploying statewide the ballot trace technology currently used in the city and county of Denver. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

David Schambach

Elect a third-party candidate to the SOS office. Not a Dem or Rep. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Wayne W. Williams

As county clerk, I added large windows to the public hallway so that anyone and everyone can observe our ballot processing and counting. We opened up our processes to a public third-party audit to verify the accuracy of our systems. We provided support to our city government to enable them to verify signatures of mail ballots, even though that wasn’t required by law. As secretary of state, I will continue these efforts to make elections fair and transparent. [6]

—Colorado Public Radio, (2014), [7]

Past elections

2010

Attorney General of Colorado, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Gessler 49.5% 852,818
     Democratic Bernie Buescher Incumbent 43.9% 755,522
     Constitution Amanda Campbell 6.6% 113,756
Total Votes 1,722,096

2006

Attorney General of Colorado, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman 50.8% 772,403
     Democratic Ken Gordon 49.2% 748,532
Total Votes 1,520,935

2002

Attorney General of Colorado, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonetta Davidson 58.2% 789,004
     Democratic Anthony Martinez 37.8% 513,085
     Libertarian David Aitken 3.2% 43,169
     Constitution Clyde J. Harkins 0.8% 11,303
Total Votes 1,356,561

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 31, 2014 Filing deadline (Primary, all parties)
June 24, 2014 Primary election
July 10, 2014 Filing deadline (General, Independents)
July 17, 2014 Filing deadline (General, Write-ins)
November 4, 2014 General election
November 21, 2014 Last day to complete the canvass for the general election
January 13, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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