Governor Polis, Local Officials Encourage Voting and Emphasize Safety and Security of Colorado’s Elections System

Thursday, October 15, 2020

DENVER - Governor Jared Polis today reiterated the importance of all Coloradans voting in the upcoming election and discussed the safety and security of Colorado’s gold standard elections system. The Governor was joined by Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, Denver Clerk, and Recorder Paul Lopez, and Senator Julie Gonzales. 

“Colorado is the gold standard of safe and secure voting options,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Ballots were recently sent out, and whether you prefer to mail your ballot, drop it off at one of the many drop box locations around our state, or even vote in person on election day, there are many opportunities to ensure your voice is heard. No matter your party affiliation and beliefs, each person’s ability to cast their ballot is a cornerstone of our democratic republic.”

“It’s exciting to see the energy around this year’s elections and I hope that means record turnout in Colorado and across the country,” said First Gentleman Marlon Reis. “It’s up to each and every one of us to utilize our right to vote. Make a plan to submit your ballot as early as possible and talk to your family and friends about doing the same. There are plenty of easy, convenient ways to cast your vote.”

Coloradans can find a safe and secure dropbox location near them on the Secretary of State’s website

“It’s great for democracy to see so many Coloradans making their voices heard. Even with ballots still being mailed this week to registered voters, turnout is 24 times higher than at this point in 2016,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

“As a former Republican Secretary of State, I oversaw a presidential election in 2008 and I would say that election was secure, was safe, was transparent so I also want to tell the people of Colorado that going into this 2020 election, I have every confidence that this election is transparent, it's safe and secure, and that's under a Democrat Secretary of State,” said Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. 

Coloradans who are not yet registered to vote can register and vote in person until 7:00 p.m on election day. 

“Our elections staff and judges are working day and night to ensure that Colorado’s election process is safe, secure, and transparent. We want every voter in Denver, and across our state, to have the utmost confidence that no matter how or where they cast their ballot, their vote will count,” said Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul Lopez.

“It’s an exciting time to be voting and like a lot of Coloradans I was thrilled to discuss how to vote with my family and encourage everyone to get out and vote this year,” said Senator Julie Gonzales. “I couldn’t be more proud of the safety, transparency, and integrity of our election system in Colorado. This is the time to get registered, get engaged, and make your voice heard.” 

Senator Gonzales represents Senate District 34 where today’s event was held.