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One Colorado couple fled the East Troublesome fire with ballots. For others, voting options are abundant.

With the East Troublesome fire approaching his home, Jim Johnson hurried to the family desk to grab the computer and other electronics. Sitting next to the computer: his mail ballot and the one belonging to his wife.  He grabbed them, put them in his briefcase and the couple hit the road about 20 minutes after […]

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Election officials bolster confidence in election, warn against misinformation at Colorado Sun forum

Colorado election officials on Wednesday sought to bolster voter confidence in the state’s election system and warn against misinformation and disinformation at a virtual forum hosted by The Colorado Sun.  Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said she remained confident in Colorado’s system, a sentiment echoed by her Republican predecessor, Wayne Williams.  “I’m very confident […]

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Colorado election officials must verify a voter’s signature to count a ballot. Here’s how it works.

Perhaps your signature is picture-perfect cursive letters. Or maybe it’s a messy scrawl. Either way, you may be wondering: How do Colorado election officials verify that the signature on your ballot envelope is actually yours? Colorado election officials begin mailing ballots to registered active voters Friday and voters should receive them in the next week. […]

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As Donald Trump pushes disinformation, Colorado election officials reassure public on voting

More than 1.6 million Coloradans turned out for the June primary two months ago. Fewer than 11,000 voted in person at polling places, where coronavirus precautions were in place. Instead, voters across the state took the ballots they received in the mail and returned them primarily to drop-off boxes. The voting methods in Colorado are […]

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How Colorado will run an election amid the coronavirus and what it means for the June primary

The start of early in-person voting this week in Colorado marks a key test for officials across the state on how to conduct an election in the middle of a pandemic. The June 30 statewide primary will serve as a trial run for the all-important November election and offer clues about whether the emergency public […]

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Judge places Democratic U.S. Senate candidate who only collected half the necessary signatures on primary ballot

In a ruling that upends the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado, a Denver judge ruled Tuesday that a little-known candidate be placed on the June ballot despite only collecting half the necessary signatures to qualify for the election.  Denver District Court Judge Christopher Baumann ruled that the fact Michelle Ferrigno Warren, an immigration activist […]

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Colorado election officials take aggressive new approach to policing campaign violations

A new enforcement division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is reviewing campaign finance filings and taking action against possible violations. It’s a sharp change from a system in prior administrations that required the public to file complaints about suspected violations of state law.  The more aggressive approach is drawing criticism from some observers […]

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The clock is ticking for citizen ballot measures, but the campaigns are paused due to the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is making it harder for candidates and initiatives to qualify for the ballot in Colorado, and leading to concerns about disenfranchisement. The governor’s stay-at-home and social distancing orders are preventing advocates for eight ballot campaigns from collecting the 124,632 valid voter signatures each need to make the November election. Likewise, the efforts […]

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Colorado is a key state in the debate about the best way to pick candidates in elections

All eyes are on the 2020 election, but some in Colorado are looking at future elections and debating how voters select candidates. None of the changes will take effect this year, but the question about how elections are conducted will land on the November ballot. Colorado will consider the national popular vote, and perhaps other […]

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Colorado hits a new milestone with unaffiliated voters and busts the myth about its even partisan split

To make a case that he can win over a divided nation, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet often points to his home state. “This is a state that is exactly a third Democrat, a third Republican and a third independent,” the Colorado senator says, as he did recently at a town hall in Denver. The […]