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El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Candidate: Elizabeth "Lisa" Wilkes

By: The Gazette
June 6, 2018 Updated: June 7, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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Democratic Party 

Campaign Website: lisawilkes.org

Twitter: @LisaWilkesEPC

Campaign Facebook Page: facebook.com/ElectElizabethWilkes/

Email: lisa@lisawilkes.org

Education: pursuing a bachelor's in physics starting at Pikes Peak Community College, will complete at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Experience: Over 15 years in IT field working in program management, business intelligence and efficiency, leadership and community activities, financial expertise, customer service and troubleshooting

Do you believe voter fraud is a problem in Colorado? If so, how can the Clerk and Recorder's Office help safeguard against it?

In a study done by the secretary of state's office on the 2016 general election, there was not a significant issue with voter fraud. According to Wayne Williams there was less then 50 possible issues of voter fraud in the 2.9 million votes cast for that election. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office rejected almost 3 thousand mail ballots, the biggest issue for rejection being signature discrepancy. Updating technology could help us coordinate data between the clerk's office of records for marriage and death certificate changes, and the elections department to help with signature discrepancy to counteract voter fraud.

When county commissioner district boundaries need to be redrawn, how can the Clerk and Recorder ensure the process is fair and non-partisan?

For the redistricting of the county commissioner boundaries to be as impartial as possible we must remove the party affiliation information and look at the areas by their communities of interest. If a region shares geographical areas their community members will have similar needs and face similar issues. If geography is used to determine the areas for the districts, then the county commissioners would be able to cater to the needs and desires of their constituents. For example, Monument, Colorado Springs, Peyton, Manitou Springs, Fountain, and the military installations all face different problems and have different needs.

If elected Clerk and Recorder, what efforts would you make to increase civic engagement in the county?

After doing research on the civic engagement options for the county, there are quite a few things that are open to the public to participate in already, but the information is not really shared widely. Social media outreach, and a publicity campaign could help with community awareness of all the county events that they can participate in. I would also like to set up regular town halls where constituents can bring their issues and have the Clerk's Office listen and respond to their questions.

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