Denver verifies every signature on petitions

Posted at 4:30 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 18:30:10-04

Unlike the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, Denver’s election office does check individual petition signatures for local elections.

On this week’s Politics Unplugged, Alton Dillard from the Elections Division talked to Marshall Zelinger about how they check every signature.

"Our staff is actually trained in handwriting analysis, so they can catch certain things," Dillard said.

Denver’s charter allows the election office to compare the cursive signature on a petition with documents on file with the City and County of Denver.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams plans to work over the summer on a proposal for lawmakers that would allow his office to verify actual signatures. The additional time needed to review the petitions and the cost of process could be big sticking points.

Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.


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