July Newsletter



Micro-Grant Spotlight: Elections Project


SIPA is proud to contribute to Colorado governments and communities that supports security and online technologies through it's annual micro-grant program.

Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder applied for 2020 SIPA micro-grant and was awarded $8,500 to make the election process more transparent and accessible. As a result, the Jeffco Elections team rolled out an online chat feature so that voters could get answers to their questions in real time. Meanwhile, residents who required additional services—such as same-day voter registration or a replacement ballot—were able to view and compare wait times for the county’s in-person vote centers on the Clerk and Recorder website. "Thanks to this grant, our team was able to provide voters an even more efficient experience," Jeffco Clerk George Stern said. "We pride ourselves on customer service and look forward to offering the live-chat and wait-time options again this November."

SIPA will be begin taking applications for the 2021 program in November!

Bill Hobbs, Elections Expert, SIPA Colleague and Rockies Fan Retires!


Bill, SIPA's Director of Special Projects, played an integral part in shaping SIPA as one of the first board members appointed by the the Secretary of State where he held the positions of state elections director and deputy secretary of state. "I've been fortunate to be associated with SIPA for most of its existence, serving as both a member of the Board of Directors and as a staff member. Thanks to the dedicated work of board members, staff, and partners, SIPA has grown rapidly and now serves hundreds of governments across Colorado. It has been an honor to be a part of SIPA, and I expect continuing great work from SIPA in the years to come." says Bill Hobbs.

George Stern, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder, “I have had the privilege of serving with Bill on the Electronic Recording Technology Board for the last year, where he serves as our counsel. Bill is invaluable to the board, regularly answering our very specific legal questions about grant details, while also keeping us focused on the bigger picture of the board’s purpose. In fact, just this past month, our board members unanimously sang Bill’s praises!”

Best wishes to you Bill for a wonderful and joyful retirement!


 Learn more about the position requirements and responsibilities on our website

New to SIPA

  • Second Creek Farm Metropolitan District
  • Cherry Hills Heights Water & Sanitation District 
  • Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District 

New Service Launches


Important Dates

July 17, 2020 - HB20-1039 Meeting

August 6, 2020 - SIPA Board Meeting 

SIPA #KeepsYouInTheKnow  

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*D8 website training is here. Demo site here.

*Help shape Colorado's future: Census 2020

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Colorado's self response rate is currently at 62.8%, ahead of the national average of 60.1%. The Census Bureau resumed its Colorado Field Operation on May 18, 2020. Other dates in the data collection process have been tentatively delayed. You can see the full revised schedule on the Tools for Communities page.

See the 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 page for up-to-date information.