Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle is the president of the Colorado County Clerks Association and says that making these ballots a matter of public record could allow people to find out how you voted in that last election and he’s just not prepared to do that.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler says making the ballots a matter of public record creates public confidence and transparency in the clerk’s offices. Scott Doyle says there is no more transparent office than the clerk’s office.
“It’s not that we have anything to hide or anything like that, we’re not afraid of that at all as a matter of fact, our elections are done with integrity in Colorado and we have good records,” Doyle said. But that making ballots a matter of public record is too risky.
“To put something into play that potentially could reveal how anyone in my county voted is of concern to me,” said Doyle.
This is all in response to the ruling in Saguache County where a court ruled in favor of the Secretary of State to make ballots public after residents wanted to inspect ballots in a county commissioner and county clerk’s race.
“The clerk said no to opening up the ballots just for investigation that way, and so the Secretary took the clerk to court and the judge awarded the Secretary,” Doyle said.