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                                                                                      Lynn Bartels



Secretary Wayne Williams discusses Colorado's election practices at California conference 

DENVER, Feb. 25, 2015 -- Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams touted the state's election methods today when serving on a panel in Los Angeles looking at California elections.

Williams and Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins joined California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on the panel at the Future of California Elections' 2016 conference. Padilla is considering adopting some of Colorado and Oregon's election innovations.

"Colorado continues to lead in a host of areas," Williams said. "I'm honored that our friends in California invited me to share some of our insights."

Williams talked about Colorado's decision to move to a uniform voting system because it reduces voter confusion and reduces administrative costs; the state's easy online voter registration system known as; and what Colorado is doing to ensure an accurate voting list. He also addressed Colorado's mail ballot delivery system. Voters receive their ballots by mail and can return them via the postal service, county-operated drop boxes or in person. They also can vote in person at voting centers.  (Included is Williams' presentation.)

The panel was moderated by Doug Chapin, the director of the Election Academy at the University of Minnesota who earlier announced he would interested in hearing how the practices in Colorado and Oregon will "work in a state as big and as diverse as California."

 The Future of California Elections (FoCE) was formed in late 2011 to examine and address the challenges facing the State of California’s election system, according to its web site.