Change will be slow coming to Colorado's signature verification process

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 18:10:08-04

Just days after a woman was charged with forging signatures on ballot petitions for a U.S. Senate candidate, the Deputy Secretary of State told Denver7's Marshall Zelinger that changes to the signature verification process may be slow to come.

Suzanne Staiert appeared on Politics Unplugged this week.

For this November's election alone, Staiert says her office expects to have to verify more than one million signatures on petitions for ballot initiatives.  Most of those petitions are still being circulated.

Staiert says many of the rules on how signatures are verified will have to be changed by lawmakers.

Those changes could come in 2017 or they could be put off until 2018.

With the exception of things like recall efforts and proposed changes to Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) law, Colorado voters likely won't be deciding anything in 2017 that will get on the ballot through the petition process.

Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4pm on Denver7.