Governing has named Former Denver city and county elections director Amber McReynolds one of its 2018 Public Officials of the Year for her efforts to improve voter participation and ballot security. How’d she do it?
- McReynolds implemented Ballot TRACE, a program that lets voters track their mail-in ballots just like their Christmas packages. Using Ballot TRACE reduced the number of people calling McReynolds’s office on Election Day by 90%.
- McReynolds introduced electronic petitions, making it easier to circulate ballot measures and validate signatures.
- McReynolds adopted touchscreen voting tablets that cost a tenth of standard voting machines.
- McReynolds successfully pushed statewide reforms to mail everyone a ballot and allow same-day registration.
- McReynolds increased voter turnout and decreased by a third costs per voter.
McReynolds made voting easier, and widespread voter fraud remains as much of a myth in Colorado as it does everywhere else in America.
And hey, Steve Barnett! Did you notice that part about saving money? Even though your first priority as our incoming Secretary of State is business, not elections, you could adopt McReynolds’s reforms, save money, and do good for South Dakota voters to boot.