Editorial: A fair cost for election records request

From The Denver Post:  It is easy to criticize government when it does something wrong, but is also important to recognize when it does something right.

The Denver Elections Division is doing the right thing by charging just $25 to comply with a complicated records request by election integrity activist Harvie Branscomb, who is seeking to audit the accuracy of voting equipment being tested as a part of a state pilot program.

Unfortunately, Branscomb has not received the same news from some other metro counties, most of which asked for thousands of dollars up front for ballot reviews.

As we said in a recent editorial, putting a high cost on examining voted ballots restricts public access and cripples an important check on election integrity. Denver and Adams counties should be commended and recognized for having low fees. And if they can do it, other counties can as well.

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