“We make it easy to vote but hard to cheat.” That is the mantra of the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Voter fraud is an uncommon occurrence. But when there is suspicion that a ballot has been cast fraudulently the Clerk’s Office works in sync with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Colorado is considered the gold standard for voting and one of the safest states for elections. Our election process is layered with security measures to ensure the validity of each vote. As a voter, you can have confidence in your own vote being counted and the legitimacy of all other votes cast.
The level of training and expertise of our Election staff members is extensive and acts as a bulwark against voter fraud. Each of our staff are either a Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) or in the process of earning certification.
Elections in Colorado via mail ballot are conducted with precise steps to prevent voter fraud. Mail ballots create a paper trail, a physical record. Our cybersecurity is airtight and our computer systems are not connected to the internet. The signature on the voter’s ballot envelope is compared to their signature on file by state-of-the-art equipment and bipartisan judges. And after the results are tabulated, a Risk Limiting Audit is conducted. Ballots are randomly chosen by the State for each county; an algorithm is used to verify the ballot count.
When a ballot is referred to the District Attorney due to a signature discrepancy, it doesn’t necessarily mean there has been voter fraud. The DA thoroughly investigates the situation and determines if there is sufficient evidence that fraud may have occurred. The DA and the Clerk and Recorder will prosecute when the case warrants.
Our democracy depends on fair, transparent and accurate elections. People have spilled their blood for the values and underpinnings and beliefs of this country. Our office is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the ballot. We will ensure citizens are enfranchised with no impediments to their democratic right to vote. And we ensure only people who are legitimately eligible have access to the ballot.