Donetta Davidson

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Donetta Davidson
Chairperson of the Election Assistance Commission
Assumed office
February 2010
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Gineen Beach
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 17, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Paul DeGregorio
Succeeded by Rosemary Rodriguez
Secretary of State of Colorado
In office
July 21, 1999 – July 28, 2005
Governor Bill Owens
Preceded by Victoria Buckley
Succeeded by Gigi Dennis
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 73–74)
Liberal, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican

Donetta Davidson was a member of the United States Election Assistance Commission. Davidson was elected Chair of the EAC for 2010.[1] She previously served as Chair in 2007 and Vice-Chair in 2008. Her term of service extended through December 12, 2011.


Before joining the EAC, Davidson served as a local election official in Colorado and was the secretary of state of Colorado from 1999 until 2005. A Republican, she was first appointed to the office in 1999 by Governor Bill Owens and was subsequently elected to the office in her own right in 2000 and was reelected to a full four-year term in 2002.

As Secretary of State she gained both praise and criticism for cleaning up Colorado's voter roles, a controversial move[2] that resulted in nearly one in five names (19.4 percent) being deleted from the voting rolls.[3][4]

In 2005 Davidson was elected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. She also served on the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidelines Committee and on the Federal Election Commission's Advisory Panel.


  1. ^ "Voter registration forms now in 5 Asian languages". San Diego Union-Tribune. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Left, Sarah (1 November 2004). "Wary Colorado prepares for no confidence vote". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Robert F. Jr.; Palast; Greg (Oct 30, 2008). "Block the Vote". Rolling Stone. 85. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Michael. ""Block the Vote" co-author and Rolling Stone contributor Greg Palast on Colorado's troubled voting system". Denver Westword Blogs. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victoria Buckley
Secretary of State of Colorado
Succeeded by
Gigi Dennis
Preceded by
Paul DeGregorio
Chairperson of the Election Assistance Commission
Succeeded by
Rosemary Rodriguez
Preceded by
Gineen Beach
Chairperson of the Election Assistance Commission