Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19, Support Election Cyber Security
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis took additional action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support election cybersecurity in Colorado.
The Governor signed Executive Order D 2020 105, to extend certain state income tax payment deadlines for all Colorado taxpayers to quickly provide relief from payment and penalties due to COVID-19.
Gov. Polis also signed Executive Order D 2020 106, activating the Colorado National Guard to assist with election cybersecurity defense efforts during the 2020 state primary election on June 30, 2020. “The Colorado Secretary of State has requested that the Colorado National Guard Defensive Cyber Operations Element provide election cybersecurity support during the 2020 state primary election,” the Executive Order reads.
“We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our elections system for all political parties in the upcoming primary,” said Governor Polis. “Not only do we want Colorado to be a state where voting is quick and easy, but we want to make sure it is secure.”
“I’m happy to have the Colorado National Guard’s Cyber Defense Force join our exceptional Election Security team for the June 30 State Primary,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Thanks to this partnership, Colorado continues to lead the nation in election security while creating a truly formidable group of experts working on behalf of Colorado voters.”