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Denver Clerk & Recorder Seats Committee to Modernize Denver’s Municipal Elections

DENVER- Clerk & Recorder Paul D. López is launching a charter review committee to identify possible solutions to conflicts between Denver’s municipal election timeline and state and federal election law. The committee will be tasked with recommending possible charter changes to modernize Denver’s municipal election cycle.

“Denver’s Charter has not been updated to reflect changes in state and federal election laws over the past ten years, including the move to mail ballot elections in 2013,” stated Denver Clerk Paul D. López. “By convening this committee, I aim to study potential solutions, hear policy experts, solicit public feedback, and recommend a path forward for the future of Denver’s elections.”

Led by Clerk López, the committee is comprised of seven members from Denver with strong elections expertise. Invitations were also extended to the Council and Mayor to participate. It will make a formal recommendation to the Clerk in early 2021. Once the recommendations are accepted, Clerk López will work with City Council and the Mayor to implement recommended policies.

The current municipal election calendar conflicts with state law and federal standards by failing to meet a 45-day mailing deadline to active duty military and overseas citizens and an 18-day mailing deadline to domestic voters. Solutions the committee may consider could also address questions about a spring versus fall election and the requirement under Charter for a run-off election.

“It’s my expectation that the Committee’s recommendation will provide Denver with an inclusive election process that increases participation, reduces costs, and aligns with Colorado’s voting model,” ended López.

The Committee is convening its first meeting Thursday, August 20th from 1:00-2:30 PM MST which will be available to view live. All committee meetings will also be recorded and available for public view on our website. The community is welcome to provide public comment at charterclerk@denvergov.org.

Committee members include:

 

Michael Cummings, Ph.D.  | Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University of Colorado Denver

Hon. Kevin Flynn | Denver City Council District 2

Hon. Stacie Gilmore | President of Denver City Council District 11

Mark Grueskin, Esq. | Shareholder Recht Kornfeld PC

Hon. Stephanie O’Malley | Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations Denver University, former Denver Clerk and Recorder 

Gena Ozols | Field Director at Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Alan Salazar, Esq. | Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Hancock

For more information on the Charter Review Committee please visit our website.