Fort Morgan played host on Monday to the Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, who wanted to hear what Morgan County folks had to say about last November’s General Election. At the Fort Morgan stop on Gessler’s statewide listening tour, the small group of area residents, elected officials and county elections shared what they learned from the election, what worked and what could have gone better. Gessler had said that he was in favor of creating a statewide voting system that all Colorado counties would use for elections. … Morgan County Commissioner Laura Teague asked Gessler about the possibility of people voting through the Internet. “There is talk, but we’re not there yet,” Gessler said. “Frankly, I don’t know if we’ll ever be.” He said the problems with Internet-based voting included no guarantee of anonymity for the voter and that the system theoretically could be hacked, potentially compromising the election’s security.
Now-former Morgan County Commissioner Tony Carlson told Gessler that his worry was that a new statewide voting system would mean increased costs for counties like Morgan, where the system was already working. “Vote by mail is so much easier, cheaper,” Carlson said.
Gessler said he was not in favor of all-mail elections, though. He said that county clerks and voters, alike, “had to be very comfortable with mandatory vote by mail” for it to work as intended.