Letter to the Editor: Election Security update

To the editor,

Several disinformation narratives, primarily focused on other states, are reaching some Colorado voters and raising their concerns about the process here. Some of the narratives include:

False claims are circulating that voters using a sharpie to mark their ballot will result in that ballot not being counted (aka #SharpieGate). This primarily targeted Arizona and has been widely refuted there and across the country. Colorado voting machines can read ballots marked with felt tip pens (sharpies). Additionally, our ballots and processes are designed so bleeding ink will not impact a person’s vote.

Multiple false claims that more votes were cast than there were registered voters in several states including Colorado. These posts appear to rely on dramatically outdated registration numbers, sometimes off by millions that can easily be refuted by recent official voter registration numbers.
Various unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, USPS issues, etc.

These are not necessarily new themes; however, 2020 is not a normal election and some voters are very worried. If you are concerned about any of these or other narratives circulating, please let us know and we can help to ensure voters have accurate information.

Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk and Recorder