Colorado Politics - Rundown of Peg's Positions in Runoff Debate

(5/30/2019) Adam McCoy highlighted some points of contrast in the Runoff Debate for the Clerk’s race for Colorado Politics.

The article quoted how I explained during the debate why I was compelled to run when our current Denver Clerk announced her retirement:

Perl — a lawyer who served as policy counsel at the Federal Elections Commission, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch and advised the U.S. House Ethics Committee — said she has spent her entire career fighting to make government open and accountable to all, “not just people who are already well connected.”

Perl argues her career has focused on the very rights the clerk and recorder protects: “voting rights, access to public records, government ethics and campaign finance reform.”

“I’ve really dug into this work because I know it matters,” she said. “Who has access to government and who can speak in government affects the substance of government’s decisions.”

Perl, among other officials, helped push through the state’s Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act in 2013. Through the measure, mail ballots are mailed to all active voters and residents can register to vote on Election Day.  

The issues of election reform and voter ID were some of the topics discussed in the debate, and this article compares our approaches to these issues. For example, on the state law’s current voter ID laws (which do not require only a photo ID, but a list of possible acceptable items):

If elected to the clerk and recorder’s office, would the candidates change voter ID regulations, and how do the candidates see the current requirements?

Perl said she doesn’t anticipate altering the law; the current policy follows state law. The current law allows a host of identification options ranging from a driver’s license to utility bills.

“We do want to make sure that the voting process is secure and that we have proper registration and access to the voting booth, but also that it is not a barrier to entry to anyone that needs to come and vote,” she said.

In contrast, Lopez said he opposes voter ID laws. He said the measures, especially those coming out of the previous Secretary of State’s Office, were intended to have a “chilly effect” and discourage people from the polls.

Lopez said people shouldn’t be afraid of the polls, and that means making access easier. He used the word "broad" to characterized how the voter ID process should be.

“We want to widen folks’ ability to come and cast their ballot ... and know that it’s going to get counted,” he said.

Lopez did agree the list of identification options through the state law is long, and that it should remain that way.

“Democracy works when everyone participates,” he said.

Read the entire article from Colorado Politics here.