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More than 800 replacement ballots got to voters late

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DENVER (AP) - Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold wants to change the state's elections process after discovering that 828 replacement ballots weren't delivered to voters in Denver and Arapahoe County until Election Day.

The Colorado Sun reports it's unclear how many of those voters opted to cast their votes in person or filled out their ballots in time and turn them in. It's also unclear how the issue might have influenced the Aurora mayoral race, in which the top two candidates are separated by fewer than 250 votes.

Griswold has called for legislative or regulatory changes to the system after Friday's discovery.

The ballots were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 1 but didn't get to voters until days later. Voters can request a replacement ballot if they lose or damage the original.


Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.com

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  1. “The ballots were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 1 but didn’t get to voters until days later.”
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    I’m betting the Postal Service got the ballots late on Friday, perhaps even after the last pickup of the day, so delivering them the following Tuesday isn’t really bad. It would seem that the problem was with the expectation that they should be delivered any sooner after such a late mailing. I’ve had lots of problems in the past with the US Postal Service, but it doesn’t sound like they were to blame in this instance.

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