Secretary of State visits Western Slope
Gessler makes stops in Glenwood, GJ
Election law was front and center Tuesday at a local meeting with a top state official.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler spoke in Grand Junction, addressing the election process and opening the floor to discussion about what's working and what isn't.
Tuesday's stop in Grand Junction is part of a larger tour of the Western Slope, which began in Glenwood early in the day, and will feature additional stops in Montrose, Durango, and Alamosa in the coming days.
The Election Integrity Listening Tour, as it's being called, aims to collect citizen feedback on our last general election in the hopes that future elections can be run more smoothly.
Gessler says he's heard a lot of concerns about provisional ballots and voter registration drives, but for the most is encouraged by how recent elections have unfolded.
"We're the 2nd or the 3rd highest state in the country when it comes to voter turnout," Gessler explained. "So we... Colorado is a huge success story when it comes to political participation and the integrity of our elections. So, my view is, I'm not sure we have to change anything."
Gessler says one of the things our state did best was get our military men and women involved in the voting process during the last election.
He says military participation went up by 30% when ballots were cast last fall, while most states saw a drop.
Gessler also couldn't resist a plug of the state's online voter registration system.
He says if you have a Colorado driver's license you should be able to log onto http://www.govotecolorado.com and register in less than five minutes.
Gessler says more than 80,000 registered online in just a 45 day period.
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