Colorado State of the State

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, front, chats with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold as they wait for governor Jared Polis to make his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Colorado Legislature on Jan. 10, 2019, in Denver. 

Secretary of State Jena Griswold will participate in the national #TrustedInfo2020 campaign to raise awareness of the role that local elections officials play in disseminating accurate information about elections.

“[Voters’] most trusted source for election information is located conveniently with their own local election officials,” Griswold said.

The initiative arises from the National Association of Secretaries of State. The majority of secretaries of state oversee elections. #TrustedInfo2020 promotes local elections officials as “credible, verified sources for election information.”

The announcement comes one week after the statewide risk-limiting audit to verify proper tabulation in the 2019 general election, but two weeks after 828 ballots to Arapahoe and Denver County voters sat undelivered in a U.S. Postal Service warehouse until Election Day.

Google, Twitter, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and the National Governors Association are among the other groups participating in the campaign.

Earlier this week, 39 U.S. Senators called for increased grant funding to states and localities for election security, as well as more money for the EAC, which serves as the clearinghouse for information about election administration. They also raised concerns about past and potential hacking of elections systems.

The Associated Press and the Colorado Sun reported in October that Colorado is one of the only states that has a policy compelling local elections officials to notify the state when a cyberattack occurs.

A lack of upward communication, said Griswold’s spokesperson, Serena Woods, is “problematic for us understanding where other attacks might be happening in the state, helping the counties address the problem, and preparing for future attacks of that same nature.”

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