Transparency Wins a Round

It’s sort of funny thing that sometimes the law says that you can’t file a complaint or sue someone if you weren’t the person who witnessed or experienced the wrongdoing, even if you have access to all the evidence you need to prove your point. But when it comes to the integrity of our elections, it seems pretty clear that all possible problems should at last be given a chance to be investigated, whether or not the whistle-blower was involved.

In this case, a woman named Marilyn Marks filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State that said there were too many irregularities in how voting machines time stamped votes, among other things, in Saguache County’s November 2010 election.

But her complaint wasn’t given the chance to be considered. The Secretary of State said that her complaint would be dismissed, because she hadn’t been personally affected or witnessed the activities she listed in her complaint.

According to Marilyn, last week a Denver court said that her complaint had to be given a public hearing. The hearing date is not yet set.

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