The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office reports that more than 9,000 blank ballots it mailed to voters earlier this month have been returned as undeliverable. That typically means that those voters moved but didn’t update the addresses on their official voter-registration records.
A state law intended to prevent no-longer-eligible voters from casting prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from forwarding ballots. Residents who think they’re properly registered but who haven’t received a ballot in the mail can call their county clerks’ elections divisions or check their registration information online and still get a ballot. Voters also can get replacement ballots if they’ve spoiled, defaced or lost the originals.
Brad Turner, spokesman for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, said that as of the close of business on Friday:
170,993 ballots had been distributed. 17,859 completed ballots had been returned, from voters who either mailed them back or delivered them to one of the county clerk’s designated drop-off locations. 9,211 blank ballots had been returned as undeliverable.
Other county clerks in Colorado are receiving returned, undeliverable ballots in this year’s elections, as well.