In the run-up to a presidential election, storms of emotions from all sides of the aisle color the months of October and November like the burnt-orange leaves that carpet a lawn. Come December, the electorate’s attention turns to gingerbread, candy canes, sleigh rides and stocking stuffers. But the potholes that mar the road to democracy are fresh in the minds of election officials. So Colorado’s county clerks have developed a list — not for Santa, but for state lawmakers — to remedy a handful of persistent thorny issues well in advance of the next general election almost two years from now.
“It is very difficult to implement big things during an election year,” said Donetta Davidson, former Colorado secretary of state and current executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association. “In a nonelection year, this is the time to really discuss these issues.”
In a letter to the General Assembly, the clerks identified election law priorities they hope the Legislature will take up during the session that begins in January.