Several Colo. counties won’t rely on state voter database
Denver, CO Colorado
Many large Colorado counties say they won’t rely on the state’s new voter registration database after a two-week test found several glitches.
Problems uncovered in a mock election that ended May 2 included difficulties in accessing the system from polling sites and a slowdown when many workers were connected at the same time.
The database was designed to help county election officials determine whether a voter is eligible and to help plan and administer elections.
Denver County tried using a similar system in 2006, but an estimated 20,000 voters gave up after waiting in long lines after the system crashed. The county will use a paper system this year.
Weld, Mesa and Larimer counties plan to use their own computer system to check in voters, while other counties will limit the state’s system.
Sheila Reiner, elections director for Mesa County, said the system has great potential.
“In a few years it’s going to be one slick system,” she said. “But right now it’s still under development.”
The database is two years behind schedule and this year’s primary and presidential elections will be the first time it will be available across the state. The State of Colorado Registration and Election System, or SCORE, replaces multiple county systems.
It was required under federal voting reforms passed following the 2000 election problems in Florida.
“The mock election didn’t produce any surprises but did meet its objectives by identifying gaps in the system,” said Richard Coolidge, a spokesman for Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman.
“We currently are working with county clerks and recorders across the state to compile the issues identified in the mock election,” he said.