How we lost our election

By: Steven Dell

Mike Coffman the Secretary of State for Colorado is the one who is in charge of all of the voting coordination. This includes registration, voting locations, and machines programmed to record the vote of the civic minded citizen. This is not a job to be taken for granted.

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Do politics play a role in the determining of the “elected official” that is the Secretary of State? Normally they do not but is it true for the current one Coloradoans have working for them? Can it be said that any “elected office” is free from partisan politics? These are questions that need to be wrestled with and people may find the conclusion they come up with is not one in which they like.

First what is the office of the Secretary of state? The SOS website says this

The Secretary of State is an elected member of the Executive Branch of Colorado’s state government. Elected every four years, the Secretary of State serves as the chief executive of an office that oversees and administers many laws including Colorado’s business and commercial statutes pertaining to profit and nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trade names, secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and miscellaneous liens, Colorado Election Code, Voter Registration Law, Campaign Finance Laws, Lobbyist Regulation, Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act, Bingo and Raffles Laws, and Notaries Public Laws.

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So He or She will deal with laws that involve and are not limited to Colorado election code, voter registration, Campaign finance, and Business and Non-profit licensing. These are all things that could be swayed by a zealous lobbyist, or an interested corporation. The fact is most governmental if not all governmental actions will have at least two sides on how to proceed to attain the best possible outcomes. So the argument could be made that all things in government can and will be influenced by partisan politics, but has Mike gone too far?

Mike Coffman has had a very good career, after being in the army reserves and graduating from the University of Colorado as well as studies abroad in India and Mexico. He then became an officer in the Marines and served in the first gulf war. He was elected twice to the state house of representatives, and served in the Iraq war as a Marine Corps officer. He was elected to the state Senate and became the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Elected as the state Treasurer and then to the Secretary of State. The list is long and it should be noted that he is a very good citizen when it comes to his public service.

What about election issues? Does he deserve praise for the things that have happened in the past election? There weren’t any lines like 2006 or if there was I didn’t hear about them. From what I can gather the Election Day went smoothly so he did do his job right? More than half of all of the votes cast in Colorado were done so in early voting and with mail in ballots. Some people have a problem with this. A potential problem might be that early polling results may eventually be used to suppress voter turnout on Election Day. I personally think that there is no difference between early voting and actual Election Day voting maybe it is more convenient is all, and we all like convenience.

However, there is that issue of registration.

The office of the Secretary of State specifically told people who were out registering people to vote about the infamous box, but they told them it did not matter weather the box was checked or not. As turns out that if you use a social security number and don’t check the box you aren’t registered. I guess it does matter then. That just doesn’t seem fair now does it? When we talk of a democracy fair is VERY important.

So it turns out that Mike Coffman’s party had a struggle in the state as well as the nation so there isn’t much of an outcry about this kind of behavior, but things like this are damaging to our freedom and our legitimacy. Some of the most basic things that make us A free people are compromised then the whole thing can come crashing down.

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2 responses to “How we lost our election

  1. stephenanoriega

    It does make one wonder why this position is even an elected one. Perhaps this position should be determined through the government service routes with oversights to guard against partisanship. I am rarely in favor of a bureaucratic solution but perhaps this would be a good time for it.

  2. Tony Robinson

    Interesting post, Steven, and thanks for that very interesting video from New Era Colorado and SEIU. It grates on me to new end that we are denying people the right to vote simply for not checking an obscure box on a form. We know that all of these people, or the vast, vast majority of them are in fact our fellow citizens and do in fact deserve to vote–but we are willing to tell thousands and thousands of them that they can’t vote due to a bureacratic snafu. We’ve talked about the evidence in class–the hard evidence. Voter fraud, in tems of people purposely showing up to vote illegally and trying to steal elections with illegal double registered voters, etc. just doesn’t happen. But hundreds of thousands of otherwise legal citizens are kept from voting by checkbox rules, voter ID rules, requirements to show birth certificates, etc., etc., that do nothing to end non-existent voter fraud–but do frustrate the expression of the will of the people. Why in the world do we put up with it? It’s preposterous, as the video says.

    And yes, I agree Stephen Noriega–why are Secretaries of State allowed to be partisan positions, even going so far as chairing the campaigns of presidential candidates while they are at the same time overseeing the election process in their state. Its a recipe for problems…

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