Colorado’s county clerks enjoy a decades-long relationship with mail ballots, Postal Service

Colorado’s county clerks, voters enjoy a decades-long relationship with mail ballots

DENVER, Sept. 25, 2020 — Colorado’s 64 county clerks are gearing up to run their third statewide election of the year, the general election on Nov. 3.
They’ve already run the presidential primary in March and the primary election in June, making them the most trusted source on a variety of election issues, including mail ballots. Ballots to military and overseas voters from Colorado went out Sept. 19, while in-state voters will be mailed their ballots beginning Oct. 9.

That’s why clerks are using the following hashtags: #TrustedInfo, #Safe&Secure and #Excited&Decided.

“Colorado voters should know that their elections are amongst the best in the nation,” said Pam Anderson, executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association. “The Colorado model is prepared to provide safe
access for voters and the security required to support confidence in election results.”

In Weld County, Clerk Carly Koppes told The Greeley Tribune that ballots are treated as first class, but the ballots also include an insignia on the envelopes to give them additional priority. “In Colorado, with our very good working relationship with the USPS, we’re continuing that relationship,” she said.


Boulder County Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick echoed that sentiment. “Millions of Americans rely on the Postal Service to deliver their ballot so they can have their voice heard in our democracy. This includes military and overseas voters, those with disabilities, those who simply prefer to vote at home, and, now, those who fear for their lives because of COVID-19,” she said.

La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker, who is on the Postal Committee of the Colorado County Clerks Association, said she has been told by the U.S. Postal Service that election materials make up less than
2% of all mailed material between mid-September and Election Day. “You hear a lot about mail-in ballots now … but I’m very confident we’re going to be fine,” she told The Durango Herald.

Colorado is a leader in elections. The state is ranked second in the nation for voter turnout, third in voter registration and fourth in lowest wait times — and the numbers are getting better with every election.

Beginning in 1993, Colorado voters in off-year elections could receive mail ballots. Then voters were able to request absentee ballots be automatically mailed to them for primary and general elections. So many Coloradans
took advantage of the option that in 2013 the Colorado General Assembly voted to make Colorado a mail-ballot vote state. So now ballots are mailed to all active registered voters, and possible irregularities are turned over to
district attorneys.

Anderson, the association director, added that voters have a role in making sure their registration is up to date and to safely return their ballot using any of the options available: the Postal Service, 24-hour drop boxes located in each county and voter-service and polling centers that clerks operate. “‘Your county clerk is your trusted source of reliable election information,” she said.

The Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA) is a non-governmental and non-partisan entity; its members consist of all 64 County
Clerks of Colorado. Learn more online at https://www.clerkandrecorder.org/

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.