State Considers Spending 11 Million on All Paper Ballot Election

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Governor Bill Ritter says he's willing to spend $11 million for an all paper ballot election.

That figure is almost double the amount the governor originally proposed to help counties pay for the switch from electronic machines to an all paper ballot system.

He and other state leaders say because of concerns over the accuracy and security of voting machines, which were decertified by Secretary of State Mike Coffman, an all paper ballot is the only way to run a fair election.

Many county clerks, including Mesa County Clerk Janice Rich, have spoken out against the bill saying it would cost counties millions and there's no need for it now that the state's voting machines have been recertified.

A Senate Committee delayed voting on the bill today saying they need to know where that $11 million will come from before they give it the go ahead.

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