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Wayne Williams: Ensuring Colorado elections run fairly

Wayne Williams.

My name is Wayne Williams, El Paso County clerk and recorder and candidate for Colorado Secretary of State. Seventeen years ago, I first served on the Canvass Board overseeing elections. I saw firsthand the importance of fair and accurate processes.

I am the only candidate for secretary of state who has run elections.

Two years ago, a devastating wildfire attacked our community three days before Election Day. We had voters who were completely cut off. As the elected clerk and recorder, I ensured that every citizen had the opportunity to vote — delivering and receiving ballots in extra-ordinary ways.

When the fire forced my office to evacuate, we ensured the integrity of every ballot. Once ensuring safety, we then completed the vote count. I’m proud that we received national recognition for our efforts. But I’m more proud that we made sure every citizen was able to vote.

I work hard to provide great customer service. I run the only motor vehicle office in the state open on Saturdays and added 12 24/7 ballot drop-off boxes to make it easier for working Coloradans to return ballots — all while being part of the lowest cost per-resident county government in Colorado. I want to continue this great customer service as secretary of state.

When Democrats in the San Luis Valley and Republicans in Teller County each faced a challenging election that needed to be run fairly and honestly, they had a choice of anyone in Colorado to help — including all four candidates for secretary of state. I was honored to be the one they trusted for both elections.

I want to ensure Colorado’s elections are run fairly. I’ve been trusted by Coloradans in three counties and both parties to do just that. I ask for your vote for Colorado Secretary of State.

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