Don't mail your ballot

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While we at the Independent fully encourage you to vote before the Nov. 3 election day, we would like to discourage you from mailing your ballot.

It's not just us. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder and the Secretary of State also think it's a bad idea. Here's the thing: If you mail your ballot at this point, it may not actually arrive on time and be counted. Then you've carefully filled out all those little bubbles for nothing. We don't want that to happen to you. 

So go ahead, take that extra step, and drop off your ballot. You can find drop-off locations here, but we'll make it easier for you. If you're voting before Nov. 2, you'll need to go to one of the county clerk's offices. They are located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202; 5650 Industrial Place; 8830 North Union Boulevard; and 200 South Cascade Ave. The clerk’s offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

I'm glad we had this talk. Don't forget to vote!


Secretary of State Wayne Williams recommends voters personally drop off their ballots

DENVER, Oct. 27, 2015 – Secretary of State Wayne Williams recommends voters who have not yet returned their ballots for the Nov. 3 election either drop off their ballots with their county clerks or use a designated county drop-off location.

Several county clerks have expressed concern that the U.S. Postal Service did not deliver their ballots in a timely manner. Those ballots that are filled out and mailed are, for the most part, sent to the USPS’s sorting center in Denver, and then returned to the county clerks. That’s why the secretary of state’s office is recommending ballots be hand-delivered rather than mailed to ensure they are received by Election Day. The Department of State wants to ensure that every voter’s voice heard in this election.

In 2014, a Colorado District Court judge ruled that county clerks may not count ballots that arrive after 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Information on locations for county clerks’ offices, voter service and polling centers and 24-hour drop-off locations can be found here.

Secretary Williams is committed to working with the postal service, Colorado county clerks and the members of the state legislature in order to improve future options for voting.

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