In order to conduct transparent and verifiable elections, the voter rolls must be publicly available to anyone. Politics and personal opinion should not dictate who can receive this information. Without voter registration and vote history being public there would be no way for any outside individual or organization to independently verify our election processes. It would simply have to be a “trust us” scenario with your state or local elected official maintaining the voter rolls with no external oversight.
It seems like to some people, changing the name of the Dry Gulch water storage project was so important, they decided to violate the Colorado Open Meetings Law (COML) to get it done.
A Longmont council member criticized a fellow council member for communicating with a resident using her personal email account, rather than her city government account — something he suggested violated Longmont’s open-records and “sunshine” policies as they apply to council members.
Everyone should care that lawmakers were able to find a solution to this problem. As technology advances, it has become easier for the public to be watchdogs of their own government, and as government has grown and the number of journalists has decreased, the Fourth Estate can no longer do it alone. We need your help.
OK Colorado, listen up. Colorado is not going to send any voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that you, me or any candidate or campaign can’t already get.
A formal records request for a gag order issued by the Fremont County Courts regarding a shooting last week has been denied.
A small group of public officials govern Colorado’s nine largest public universities, shaping the economic, academic and cultural landscape of the state for years to come. Yet the majority of these university trustees, governors and regents do not provide a direct way for the public to communicate with them.
Leadership of Denver’s police union would have been wise to bite their tongues and wait for an internal investigation to be completed into the behavior of Chief Robert White and Deputy Chief Matt Murray rather than to call for a judge to hold a special hearing on the matter.
The Denver police union is asking a judge to force the prosecution of police Chief Robert White and Deputy Chief Matt Murray and to appoint a special attorney to present a criminal case involving open-records laws.
Passage of SB-40 is a meaningful step in the right direction for Colorado, but people who care about government transparency and access to government records must be vigilant. You need to let your legislators know that you expect utmost transparency and accountability in response to those who would argue that the Legislature should reduce access to public records.