Election Alert from the Secretary of State

News Release

MEDIA CONTACT: (303) 860-6903

Lynn Bartels

[email protected]lynn.bartels@sos.state.co.us

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.

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.

Mail ballot drop-off locations for Chaffee County are: -Curbside at the Courthouse in Salida, 104 Crestone Avenue. 24 Hours a day until 7:00 pm on Tuesday November 3. -Inside the County Clerk’s Salida Vote Center at 104 Crestone Avenue. Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday October 31, 10am-2pm, Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 7am-7pm. -Outside the Buena Vista Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 112 Linderman Avenue, 24 Hours a day until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3. -Inside the Vote Center at the Buena Vista Motor Vehicle Branch Office. 112 Linderman Avenue, Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday October 31, 10am-2pm, Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 7am-7pm.

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