Election Watching in Colorado – resource page


Full information about watching Colorado elections is available on the Secretary of State’s website here: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/watchers.html

This link https://electionquality.com/2020/10/2020-general-election-underway/colorado_watcher_contacts/ will download a spreadsheet of names, contact numbers, email addresses and websites for Colorado county officials who are responsible for administrating access to election processes for people with credentials. Credentials are obtained from specific interested parties depending on the type of election (political parties, candidates, ballot question committees, etc.) per Colorado Revised Statute. Originally there was no central administration of this citizen function and the statute does not refer to a central requirement to obtain credentials, but recent moves by the Colorado Secretary of State has supported a trend toward having the county clerk approve credentials for watching prior to presentation to any election judge supervisors at an election location. Discussions about this topic can be found on the SOS website under “Information on the Secretary of State’s Election Watcher Advisory Panel” http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/watcherPanel/index.html

The linked spreadsheet above is a convenient reformatting of the contents of this page: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/docs/WatcherContactDirectory.pdf

The following link  will download a spreadsheet of contact information for 64 Colorado County Clerk and Recorders.


The source for the clerk contact data is here: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Resources/files/CountyClerkRosterWebsite.pdf

Glossary for mail/drop and VSPC for the Colorado election model:

  • UVS= Uniform Voting System, Dominion Democracy Suite hand marked paper for mail and drop-off and BMD ballot marking device in-person – voter selections are printed but voter intent is encoded in a non-verifiable QR code
  • BMD= Ballot Marking Device (touch screen voting to produce a machine marked paper ballot)
  • BOD= Ballot On Demand- usually a high cost printer that can print the same ballot as pre-printed for mail (up to 19 inches) but typically used at the VSPC to create one ballot per voter
  • VSPC= Voter Service and Polling Center – replaces precinct in-person voting- centralized locations where any voter in the county can register and or obtain or replace a mail ballot and vote on an assistive device designed to facilitate access for the disability community. In some counties the VSPC allows voters to establish eligibility by signing the affirmation  and then hand mark a ballot to cast without the mail ballot identifying envelope- known as a “flat ballot”.