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Sorting Out Last-Minute Confusion Over Mail Ballots

Erin O'Toole

Nearly a million Coloradans have already cast ballots for next week’s election. But some in Summit County say they’re still waiting for their mail-in ballots that should have arrived two weeks ago.

According to a story in the Summit Daily, county election officials say they sent about 8,000 ballots without incident. It’s not clear how many voters in Summit or other Colorado counties are affected.

Election officials say most problems arise because an inactive voter hasn’t updated his or her information.

Secretary of State spokesman Rich Coolidge says many assume because they got a mail ballot last year -- or for this year’s primaries -- that they’re signed up as a permanent mail voter.

"Some folks are saying, 'Well, somebody in my household got one, my neighbor got their mail ballot, but I didn’t get mine.' And when we look at their record – they never actually requested a mail ballot," Gessler says.

Tuesday is the last day to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 6 election. With less than a week to go, Coolidge is urging voters to find their nearest polling place and drop their ballots off, or vote in person -- either early (by Nov. 2) or on Election Day.

Find voting locations and track your mail ballot at GoVoteColorado.com.

As host of KUNC's Colorado Edition, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. And because life is best when it's a balance of work and play, I love finding stories that highlight culture, music, the outdoors, and anything that makes Colorado such a great place to live.
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