Colorado panel will weigh paper ballots, electronic votings machines |

Colorado panel will weigh paper ballots, electronic votings machines

DENVER , Colorado ” Colorado’s new Election Reform Commission is meeting Wednesday to look at whether the state should rely more on paper ballots than electronic voting machines.

The Legislature created the commission last year amid confusion and doubts about the accuracy of electronic voting.

Other issues on the table include whether to require more stringent postelection audits to make sure officials got their counts right, and how the state cancels duplicate registrations in its new statewide voter database.

Voter advocacy groups sued the state a week before the Nov. 4 election alleging that 27,000 names were illegally purged this year because the action came too close to the primary and general elections.

The secretary of state’s office said Tuesday that actual total of names purged between May 14 and Election Day was 44,000. It said most were duplicates or voters who had moved.

State officials had to compile the list under a deal reached with the groups that sued. The deal allowed anyone who was wrongly purged to cast a provisional ballot.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that a survey of several county clerks showed several hundred people whose registrations were canceled had to cast provisional ballots. No official count will be available until next week.

Jenny Flanagan, executive director of Colorado Common Cause, one of the groups that sued, said officials may never know the extent of the problem caused by the cancellations.

She said some might not have tried to vote because they saw they were no longer listed as registered on the state’s Web site or because they stopped getting election notices.

“I think there’s going to be big void in our knowledge,” she said.

A federal judge ordered Secretary of State Mike Coffman to stop removing names for voter registration rolls on Oct. 31, four days before Election Day.

Coffman complied but maintained that canceling duplicate registrations or the registrations of those who had moved was legal.

He also insisted removing duplicates and the names of voters who had moved was necessary to prevent people from voting twice.

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