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Wayne Williams: Election integrity, security, modernization among successes

I might not be the loudest or most attention-seeking elected official you’ll ever meet, but it is my goal to be the most effective public servant in our state.

Since winning my first statewide campaign in 2014, I have transformed the often overlooked, but deeply important, office of secretary of state into a nationally recognized model of efficiency, competence and professionalism. In doing so, I have remained committed to embracing fiscally conservative solutions to Colorado’s most pressing needs. I have helped deliver real, noticeable results for the people of our state while saving taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.

As Colorado’s chief elections official, I have worked hand-in-hand with county clerks across the state to rapidly and safely modernize Colorado’s ability to conduct and oversee elections of all sizes. I recently directed the statewide implementation of new voting systems. I’ve placed a great deal of emphasis on election integrity, and in 2017 oversaw Colorado’s first statewide risk-limiting audit, designed to catch election errors.

Wayne Williams

I haven’t just made voting in Colorado more safe and secure, but I helped make it easier for Coloradans to register and cast their votes. Under my leadership, we have funded 24-hour drop boxes for voters’ convenience during election season. Under my leadership, it is easier than ever for eligible electors to register to vote. You can register online at GoVoteColorado.com or text “CO” to “2VOTE” (28683). I also worked with the Legislature to expand automatic voter registration tied to driver’s licenses.

It is no coincidence that Colorado has the highest voter registration percentage in America, alongside ranking in the top four in election turnout.

Officials across the country have taken notice: David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, noted: “Colorado is at the forefront of ensuring that voting is as easy as possible, while also protecting the integrity of the ballot. Colorado voters have among the most choices on how to cast their ballot, and should have the most confidence that their ballot will be counted accurately, thanks to the hard work of Colorado’s state and county election officials.”

This summer, I was reappointed to serve on the executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State. I am humbled by the words of Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat and the president of NASS, who said: “I’ve seen firsthand how Wayne Williams has worked across the aisle to bring people together. Wayne works with both Democrats and Republicans to protect our nation’s elections and to ensure the right to vote. That why I asked him to serve again on the NASS executive board.”

It’s no surprise, then, that The Washington Post and Homeland Security Secretary recently called Colorado “the safest state to cast a vote.”

Election security is of special importance to me because of the confidence it instills in our residents. If people perceive a risk, they are less likely to participate in voting. I want to protect people from that threat and want people to know that they are protected from that threat.

My accomplishments don’t end with my work on modernizing and safeguarding the integrity of Colorado’s elections. My office oversees an entire business filings, and under my leadership, Colorado businesses of all sizes have found registration and reporting more affordable and streamlined than ever before. Colorado is one of the cheapest places in America to register a business, at a cost of $10. Business in Colorado is thriving. We have added 100,000 businesses since I took office.

As I always like to say, we make it easy to do business in Colorado.

My re-election is being supported by the majority of county clerks across Colorado — Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated alike. They know I am the principled leader they can trust.
According to Otero County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy, a Democrat: “Wayne is one of the best secretaries of state we’ve had in the 43 years I’ve worked in the clerk’s office. It doesn’t matter that he’s a Republican and I’m a Democrat. In this part of the state, it’s people over politics, and that’s why I’m endorsing him.”

I hope I’ve earned your trust and your vote.

Wayne Williams

Colorado secretary of state Republican incumbent

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