The Denver Elections Division fielded calls Wednesday from voters confused about a ballot envelope misprint but said replacement materials weren’t needed. The error, discovered as ballots for the May 5 municipal election began hitting mailboxes Tuesday, occurs on the return envelope’s flap and lists 7 p.m. June 2 as the time ballots must be returned. June 2 is the date for any potential run-off elections. City election officials blamed a vendor and subcontractor for an error that might have been as simple as inserting the wrong election’s printing plate into a machine when some envelopes were printed. It still wasn’t clear how many were affected.
“The envelope proof approved by the Denver Elections Division had the correct date on it, and we will hold ProVote Solutions and their subcontractor, Cenveo, who printed the incorrect envelopes, accountable to the voters and taxpayers of Denver for this error,” said a statement issued Tuesday night by the Elections Division.
Alton Dillard, the division’s spokesman, added Wednesday: “We examine vendor relationships after every election, and we especially examine them after things like this happen.”