Ballot boxes moving in Clear Creek County

For added security, some ballot boxes in the county are moving; the county Clerk and Recorder explains why

Olivia Jewell Love
olove@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/16/22

Some of the ballot boxes are moving in Clear Creek County ahead of election season for security reasons.

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Ballot boxes moving in Clear Creek County

For added security, some ballot boxes in the county are moving; the county Clerk and Recorder explains why

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Some of the ballot boxes are moving in Clear Creek County ahead of election season for security reasons. In an interview with the Clear Creek Courant, Clear Creek County Clerk and Recorder Brenda Corbett cleared up what that means for voters in the area. 

CCC: What kind of security does moving the ballot boxes provide? Were there any security issues with the old locations to prompt the move?

Corbett: Our ballot boxes are required by Election Rule 20.4.2 to be monitored 24/7 by video surveillance and have proper lighting.  Clear Creek County is known to have frequent power outages and surges, which have made consistent recording difficult. It takes a human to turn this back on, and due to staffing we can no longer rely on that. 

CCC: Which ballot boxes are moving? Where are they moving to? 

Corbett: Our Idaho Springs ballot box is moving from City Hall to the Centura Health & Wellness Center at 1969 Miner St. The wellness center is monitored by Clear Creek County surveillance, which is supported with backup generators.  This ballot box was also converted into a drive-by drop box for convenience, so voters don’t have to find parking or even get out of their car. They can place their ballot in the box from their vehicle!

The King-Murphy Elementary ballot box has been removed completely until a permanent video surveillance solution can be put in place. This was not an easy decision, but Evergreen does offer several other locations. The Evergreen Library and Buchanan Park Recreation Center are two of those nearby options. The potential legal liability of not having the surveillance required by law outweighed the value of the box.

CCC: When was the last time ballot boxes were relocated? 

Corbett: We have not ever had to relocate a box. We have added boxes as frequently as grant funding has been available. With the heightened attention to ballot boxes, though, we have to be certain we are following all rules and processes governing security and election integrity. By the way, Clear Creek County is only required to have ONE drop box in the county.  This is determined by the number of voters. We are always looking for ways to go above and beyond the requirements to serve our constituents more effectively, and will continue to do so. 

CCC: What other information about ballot drop off and the election do voters need to know? 

Corbett: We are doing our best to balance access to voters and the security that this requires. Ballot boxes are still one of the most secure ways to cast your vote! 

Our ballots are scheduled to be mailed Monday, Oct. 17, which is when the ballot boxes will become available for use. In-person voting will begin Monday, Oct. 24.   Please verify that your voter registration is up-to-date at www.GoVoteColorado.gov and call the Clerk & Recorder’s office with any questions you may have.

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