Finding 1 - The Clerk and Recorder’s Office Lacks Fully Developed Policies and Procedures to Administer the Fair Elections Fund
While the office has taken some steps to create required policies, many gaps remain as of early February 2022.
The office can better prepare itself to administer the Fair Elections Fund by creating and implementing a comprehensive set of documented policies and procedures that would help ensure the city complies with Denver ordinance, local election rules, and leading practices.
Finding 2 - The Clerk and Recorder’s Office Has No Strategy to Evaluate the Success of the Fair Elections Fund
As of early February 2022, the office lacks a plan to evaluate the fund and ensure it achieves its intended goals of reducing the influence of large donations in municipal elections. Without a program evaluation plan, city staff members will not:
- Be able to monitor the fund’s progress.
- Have the information they need to improve the fund.
- Necessarily share information with the public about whether the fund is fulfilling voters’ intended goals.