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Publish Date: 4/12/2005

County taps new elections manager


A former elections supervisor from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office who greenlighted Boulder County’s use of a $1.3 million ballot-scanning software last year will coordinate upcoming elections for the county.

Josh Liss, Colorado’s former assistant director of elections, began his term as Boulder County’s election coordinator Monday, officials said.

“We’re just delighted,” deputy county clerk Nancy Jo Wurl said.

“He has the background and experience we really need.”

Liss helped write new rules for voter registration and fielded questions from county and municipal clerks during his four years with the secretary of state’s office, according to a county press release.

He also worked with the state committee that approved the optical scanning ballot machines Boulder County officials bought from Hart InterCivic last year.

Printing irregularities caused the new system to reject about 13 percent of the ballots in November’s presidential contest.

The rejected ballots were then hand-counted, and officials took more than three days to tally the results.

A nine-member panel is reviewing November’s election and will issue recommendations for future elections. The Hart InterCivic system performed flawlessly in Boulder’s smaller municipal election in March.

Liss called his new job “a fantastic opportunity to work at the county level, where the rubber meets the road.”

“My experience in the past has been a lot of policy-type work, and now I’m going to have first-hand experience in how those policies are implemented.”

Liss replaces former elections manager Tom Halicki, who resigned in January following the tumultuous November election.

The county received 101 applications for Halicki’s position, though only six were qualified, Wurl said in January.

Liss will earn $55,488 a year.

Brad Turner can be reached at 720-494-5420, or by e-mail at bturner@times-call.com.

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