DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today lauded City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson for challenging Secretary of State Scott Gessler for new election rules restricting the distribution of mail ballots to inactive failed to vote electors in non-partisan and coordinated elections.
“I strongly support the position of our independently-elected Clerk and Recorder and applaud Debra Johnson’s office for fighting for every citizen’s right to participate in Denver elections.
“We should be straightforward with our electors, the laws on the books do not contain the restrictions imposed by Secretary Gessler’s new election rules. These rules are excessive and interfere with Denver’s home rule powers to manage our mail ballots.
“I have stood with the Denver Election Division’s efforts to increase voter access and participation for many years. And today I proudly stand with them again to firmly say ‘enough.’ Denver is a city that remains steadfast in its resolve to protect every eligible voter's right to vote. We will continue to focus our efforts on increasing civic engagement through the voting process.”