STATE OF COLORADO Scott GesslerDepartment of State Secretary of State
1700 BroadwaySuite 200
Denver, CO 80290
Deputy Secretary of State
April 26, 2012The Honorable Brandon Shaffer200 ColfaxDenver, CO 80203Via email: Brandon@brandonshaffer.comRe: Senate bill 135Dear President Shaffer,I am writing to ask you to exercise your leadership and allow a vote on Senate Bill 135. As you mayknow, SB-135 would establish consolidated, real-time election night reporting for Coloradans.According to the National Association of Secretaries of State, Colorado is only one of nine stateswithout a statewide election night reporting system. In short, we sorely lag behind other states inproviding timely and transparent election results.SB-135 was introduced on January 31 and has since witnessed an epic crawl through your chamber.After receiving unanimous support in the State Affairs committee, it languished on theAppropriations committee calendar for 57 days. And after passing eight to one in Appropriations,Senate leadership will not bring it up for a vote in the Senate. I agree with
The Denver Post’s
April4, 2012 editorial that said, “We think the issue warrants a serious debate, and would like to see themeasure move forward.” The people of Colorado deserve an up or down vote on this initiative.Without timely approval of SB-135, we will not be able to build and test the election night reportingsystem in time for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. With each delay in the Senate, myoffice has struggled to move back our deadline, but the window is rapidly closing. If the Senatedoes not take action, you will effectively kill this project through delay.I am writing you directly because I have read your repeated public statements that we need toremove partisanship and gridlock from politics. By contrast, rumors are swirling that SenateDemocratic leadership has held back SB-135 in retribution for Republican opposition to House Bill1267. I hope those rumors are not true. In any event, SB-135 is an excellent opportunity to displaythe non-partisan leadership that you frequently talk about.And your leadership on this issue would be welcome. SB-135 has incredibly strong bipartisansupport. Colorado’s clerks and recorders strongly support this bill, as does the Colorado PressAssociation and other groups that support openness in our elections. All of this support hastranslated into near unanimous backing in the Senate.With your leadership, Colorado will have better elections. Without your leadership, this project willdie, and Colorado will continue to lag behind other states.