August 11th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Colorado voters mail it in

Denver, Colorado (CNN) - In Tuesday's primary most Colorado voters did not have to worry about long lines at the polls or to remember to get to the precinct before closing time.

For the first time, a majority of counties in the state, 46 of 64, only used mail-in ballots for a statewide partisan primary. In previous elections, counties could offer the convenience of allowing voters to send in their ballots but could not use that system exclusively.

Officials of the Secretary of State's office could not say right now exactly how many of the more than 735,000 ballots cast in the Senate primaries were mail-in. They will know more when they get specific reports back from each county.
As of Friday, more than 515,000 ballots had been received. In order to be counted, ballots had to arrive at a county election office by 7pm Tuesday. They could either be mailed in dropped off at specific locations. State officials say there was a steady stream of drop offs on Tuesday but not an onslaught.

Approximately 1.5 million ballots were mailed out for the election.

Counties in the state had previously been allowed to use the mail-in system as the sole way only for nonpartisan statewide elections.

Most of the major counties that surround Denver - Araphaoe, Adams, Douglas, Jefferson, Boulder - used the mail-in system only for this primary.

The counties of Weld, which includes Greeley, and El Paso, which includes Colorado Springs, offered in-person voting. Several of the candidates for the Senate seat concentrated some of their last minute encouragement in these areas.

For candidates' get out the vote efforts, however, this new system meant they had to adjust to a new world order. Much of their work these past few days was more devoted to reminding people to mail or drop off their ballots and making sure workers had lists at the ready about locations where they could be deposited instead of reminding people where their polling location was or asking if they needed a ride.

This new system also brought a little bit more uncertainty into the races. Campaign officials were not sure how much a last minute attack or development in the race would affect the outcome since so many people may have cast their choices already.

Filed under: 2010 • Colorado
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "YES, and favor Impeaching this Homeboy with the I'm so rich attitude."

    Translation: "There's no racism motivating our ongoing GOP/conservative temper tantrum. Wealthy, powerful African-Americans just make us uncomfortable and come across to us as "uppity.""

    "Homeboy"? Seriously? Keep it comin' morons. November is going to be HILARIOUS.

    August 11, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. CitySlicker

    How many of the posters here that complain about the administration have actually done something to support their beliefs? How many have actually written to their state representatives? How many have provided a solution to the issues as opposed to just complaining about them? Think about that before your next post and realize if you fall into the category of helpful or not. There are a lot of Obama haters out there but not many of them are very motivated to get up, back away from the keyboard and pick up the phone to get things done.
    Now if you'll excuse me, I have a city council meeting to attend in my city because I actually care about what's going on in my neighborhood and am not going to wait for someone else to take action.

    August 11, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Colleen

    A little word for our young politician seeking election it took Mr. Bush 3 terms in office to screw things up real good and given the recession I would have to say Mr. Obama is doing the job as best as he can as the world is all in disorder and things need to mend? It will take more time given the state of the world and Obama has been behind the average American all the way and needs to be reminded to keep up the good work.

    August 11, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Darrel from Denver

    515,000 baloots out of roughly 1.7million registered Rep and Dem partiers. Not much of a mandate for anyone

    And, there are roughly 1 million more registered Unaffiliated voters to enage in November. The largest party in Colorado.

    20% vote turnout for the primary. And the Republicans are yelling to the rooftops it is their year. Based on what? chest thumping?

    August 11, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |