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COLORADO

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

YES

Election Day

PROBLEM: Many states are looking to Colorado as an example that mail-in voting is effective, but Colorado took several years to expand its vote-by-mail apparatus. That is time that other states don’t have

  • Colorado is one of five states that operate vote-by-mail elections
     

  • Their system also involves automatic voter registration, tied to car registrations at the DMV, and these voters will then receive a ballot in the mail several weeks before election day

  • In order for the vote to be counted, Coloradans also sign the back of the envelope, which is then verified against the signature on file.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

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WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 92%     2018: 95%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Mail-in voting: Colorado has a vote-by-mail system, in which every registered voter is mailed a blank ballot. The legislature enacted vote-by-mail in 2013, when almost ¾ of Coloradans were already voting by absentee ballot.

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

NO

Who can collect and return an absentee ballot other than the voter?

Anyone of the voter's choice

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Comparison of signature on ballot to official signatures from judges of both political parties

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

YES

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Must be mailed eight days before the election

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

YES

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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