Election Day less than a month away and changes await Colorado voters. This November marks the first time a general election in the Centennial State will be all vote-by-mail. “All I know is I get something in the mail and I fill it out and send back in,” Colorado Springs voter Amanda Martinez said. “This is my first year voting.” “Before you used to have to opt in to get a mail ballot,” Ryan Parsell with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office said. “Well, now everybody is opted in. As long as your registration is current, you should get a mail ballot around the middle of October.”
Voters may think this new process is more convenient but one political expert says that convenience factor could lower turnout.
“Elections tend to have an energy and rhythm of their own,” UCCS professor Josh Dunn said. “All of it builds up to Election Day. But by having convenient measures, that energy dissipates so people lose their initiative.