Nov 16, 2015
(Denver) – The Denver Elections Division has been presented with an International Electoral Award from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies for Ballot TRACE, its first-in-the-nation innovation that allows voters to track their ballot in the manner that they would track a package.
“We are honored to be recognized on the world stage for our election modernization efforts,” Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson said. “We’ve empowered our staff to think creatively to provide more accessible elections for the City and County of Denver.”
“For all of the complexities in the world of election administration there is a simple concept that guides us, putting the customer, our voters, first,” Denver Director of Elections Amber McReynolds added. “As we are recognized globally, we will continue to embrace creative, cost-effective and innovative ways to create a smooth voting process for all voters.”
Ballot TRACE allows voters to sign up to receive text messages, email notifications or log on to the DenverVotes website to track the progress of their ballot as it moves throughout the process. Denver Elections Division officials also use Ballot TRACE to make sure ballots are moving through postal processing in a timely manner.
Ballot TRACE won in the category of Election Ergonomy. ICPS’s Electoral Ergonomy Award is given to elections administrators who have tailored elections processes to the psychology of the voter and the specific characteristics of their voting population.
Denver Elections was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Accessibility for iApp, our-award winning program that allows voters in nursing homes to use accessible tablets as ballot marking devices. That use of technology allows voters with disabilities to enjoy a private, independent voting experience if they choose to.
Outstanding Achievement in Accessibility recognition is awarded to election officials who ensure that voters who may be excluded from the elections process due to physical or geographic obstacles are included in the electoral process.