Thursday, September 2, 2004
Steamboat Springs Vicki Weber, Routt County elections supervisor, is getting a chance to bring some small-town know-how to a state and federal process.
Weber is one of nine people recently appointed to help make sure a new statewide voter registration system is user friendly and follows all the election rules.
Just thinking about the opportunity gives Weber and Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland "goosebumps," they said.
"It's very exciting," Weber said. "I feel that I get to have a say for counties our size. I can give them my ideas, my dreams."
"It's exciting for all of us," Weinland said. "I'm so honored to be involved in the election process anyways, and this is kind of a pinnacle" for the county's office.
Weber begins the process with a weeklong session in Denver that starts Monday. There will be several similar sessions through the end of this year and into 2005.
According to the national Help America Vote Act, passed in 2002, each state must have a centralized voter registration system by 2006, Weinland said. Now, each county has its own database and sends information to a central database once a month.
Having one centralized system in each state will be faster and more efficient at making sure people vote only once and keeping voter registration information current, Weinland said.
In Colorado, a company has been selected to make software for the project, and the term SCORE, standing for the State of Colorado Registration and Elections, was coined for the project.
Next, the secretary of state appointed a group of county clerks and staff to help analyze the software, making sure it's user-friendly and workable.
That's where Weber came into the picture.
Weinland nominated her for the position, and although there were many nominees, Weber was appointed.
"I'm really proud of her and excited for her, and I'm excited for Routt County," Weinland said. Although it's a sacrifice, because it means longer hours for other county staff in a busy season, she said, "it will pay back in the end" and benefit the county.