Denver Elections Division Wins National Award

Published on August 22, 2022

Denver Elections Division Wins National Award for Innovation in Election Security
Agency Earns Second Innovation Award of 2022

DENVER – The Denver Elections Division of the Office of the Clerk and Recorder earned national recognition on Monday from the Election Center’s Professional Practices Program for its implementation of 3D-printed safety and security devices. Voting Systems Analyst Keith Peterson and the Denver Elections Division were presented with the Election Security Award at the Election Center’s 37th Annual National Conference.

The Denver Elections Division’s practice of utilizing an in-house 3D printer to improve existing physical and technological infrastructure was recognized for innovation in election security. This award highlights one of the improvements, many of which are shared and emulated nationally, that the Division continues to make in service of voters.

The 3D printers provide additional security to Denver’s ImageCast X (ICX) devices through a streamlined anti-tampering system. ICX devices are used by voters to mark ballots, and plastic enclosures from the 3D printers were created to fit all major ICX connection points previously secured with traditional sticker seals. The enclosures hold the connections more securely, preventing external tampering, as well as reducing operator error.

The Denver Elections Division also created devices to enhance the security and functionality of 24-hour ballot drop-off boxes. A new 3D-printed insert filters ballots from errant materials, like trash. The device locks in place and still allows voters to seamlessly drop off their ballots while prioritizing election judge safety. A cover now guards the inner locking mechanism of the drop box from paper jams that might otherwise have inadvertently unlocked it.

In April, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) issued the Denver Elections Division the 2021 Clearinghouse Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections for its work in expanding the Confined Voting Program. Originally launched in 2016 as a first-of-its-kind program, the Confined Voting Program expands access to the ballot for incarcerated voters, and significant expansions to the program to better address developments in 2020 garnered the Elections Division the award.

A full list of award categories and winners for the Professional Practices Program will be available from the Election Center. Clearinghouse award information is available at the EAC website