May 14, 2024 - News

Colorado attorney general shares concerns over election security

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser speaks during an Axios Denver Newsmakers event at the Denver Press Club. Photo: Courtesy of Michel Hansen

Attorney General Phil Weiser says election security is a major concern during the 2024 campaigns, but he feels confident that Colorado's system is among the best in the country.

The big picture: Calling the state's paper ballots the "gold standard," Weiser, a Democrat, still says "threats" targeted to election officials are worrisome, including intimidation from people seeking to advocate for a specific party.

  • Weiser made the comments Tuesday during an Axios Denver Newsmakers event hosted at the Denver Press Club.

Between the lines: The potential for deep fakes to affect elections is another potential problem, Weiser says, pointing to a law passed by this year's legislative session giving his office more authority to go after people who attempt to use them to influence elections.

  • "We continue to be vigilant on this issue — we can never be complacent," Weiser says.

What we're watching: Weiser says his office is observing how election workers, who are facing what he characterized as "tormenting" actions including doxxing, are treated in the upcoming election.

  • "We need people to volunteer as election workers," Weiser says. "Threats against election workers is not okay. I'm worried about that. We'll see how much of a worry that materializes."
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