Denverite - Peg's experience and vision for the Denver Clerk's office

(3/21/19) Esteban Hernandez at Denverite breaks down the importance of the Denver Clerk’s duties and profiles the three candidates on the ballot. After discussing the many responsibilities of the office with current Clerk Debra Johnson, the article includes this look at Peg’s experience and vision for the Denver Clerk’s office:

An attorney by trade, Perl previously worked in political and campaign finance consulting and in the U.S. House Ethics Committee. She’s excited to potentially use some of the new tools voters granted the clerk’s office following last year’s election.

For one thing, if she’s elected she will get a chance to appoint new positions and oversee a public funding program for the city’s municipal election that would be available for 2020 candidates. She believes the measure will help bring some added transparency to campaign financing.

She believes her work at the federal level — making recommendations on campaign finance regulations, advising on compliance for certain programs — is part of what her responsibilities at the city and county level will include. She’s worked at the state level as well on issues she believes are pertinent to local races.

Perl helped write the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013, which among its provisions includes mandating mail ballots for registered voters. The law leaves it up to counties to decided whether to implement the law locally. (Denver has mail ballots in addition to in-person voting). She’s also advocated for laws that cap fees for public records requests and improve access to digital records.

That last part is another aspect of the kind of prior work she hopes to bring to her future job. She wants to centralize all public records to make it easier for residents to look at things like financial disclosure forms. As it stands, Perl said people usually need to go to four different websites to find four different kinds of public records. She wants to make that process more cohesive, allowing easier access she thinks could lead to more people accessing the information.

She wants to improve voter engagement by giving people more access to voting centers and drop boxes. She wants to make sure that voting centers and drop boxes are put in places that are “reflective of people’s commuting patterns.”

“You don’t want a voting center or a drop box in a place where nobody is going to use it,” Perl said. “We want to make sure that neighborhoods do have a place that is convenient and welcoming for them to go to vote.”

Read the entire article here.