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Colorado

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Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

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2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed out ballots

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State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

10/10

Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

6/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

6/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

5/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

4/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

5/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

4/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

4/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

0/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

0/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

4/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

3/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

2/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

2/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

Opportunities

Simplifying the return process for a ballot is just as important as simplifying the request process. Prepaying postage on ballot return envelopes ensures that voters do not need to make an extra trip to the post office.
Expanding accepting of ballots with Election Day postmarks received shortly after election day is a best practice to ensure that voters are given all options to vote their ballot in a timely manner, and one that Colorado already follows: Colorado already offers postmark acceptance for military and overseas voters. Accepting Election Day postmarks is estimated in most jurisdictions to decrease ballot rejection rates by half.

Recent Legislation

As of June 29, 2021

Not willing to rest on its laurels, in 2021 the state passed a variety of improvements. Colorado’s primary focus in its 2021 changes was accessibility. HB 1011 increased access to ballots in other languages, while SB 188 increased ballot return options for disabled voters. Some of the other changes were more minor, such as SB 160, which clarified existing laws for municipal elections, and HB 1001, which allowed remote voting for party committees during the pandemic.

Colorado has been conducting its elections by mail for years, so the state already had the infrastructure needed in order to conduct the election safely and securely in the “new normal”, so the changes the legislature made to adjust the system to the pandemic were relatively minor. Below are some of the most important election bills that passed in Colorado in 2020 and 2021.

Required clerks to send ballots w/in 2 business days of all ballot apps/voter reg updates received between 8-15 days pre-election; criminalized failure to report that mail ballots have been lost/stolen; required that ballots sent w/in 11 days of an election be sent by first class mail.

Made minor, non substantive changes to language in VBM provisions.

Makes administrative clarifications to local government election codes, no substantive changes

Makes a variety of technical improvements to existing policies.

Would allow members of party central committees/vacancy committees to cast committee votes remotely (by email/mail/phone/internet) until the end of 2021.

Increases multilingual ballot access. This bill is waiting for concurrence.

Would allow voters w/ disabilities that receive ballots electronically to return ballots electronically (“if printing the ballot is not feasible”).

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