During the 2011 Municipal General and Run-Off elections, the Denver Elections Division introduced an electronic voting pilot program for military and overseas voters. Through this pilot program, eligible voters were able to opt into this program. Participants logged into a secure site and voted electronically on their computer screen, using a unique passcode and following a series of security steps.
The electronic voting program was created to improve the efficiency and speed of voting for uniformed and overseas voters. Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act (UOCAVA), ballots must be mailed to military and overseas voters 45 days prior to an election; however, Denver had only 30 days between the general and run-off elections. This pilot program addressed that challenge.
Because of Denver's home rule status, it is able to make specific governance decisions, such as choosing to provide this voting option. The program was authorized under a Clerk and Recorder rule enacted for the purpose, and which expired 180 days from enactment. Out of the 676 voters eligible for this program in 2011, 49 overseas voters participated during the May and June elections.
Starting with the 2012 General Election, the State of Colorado instituted a statewide online voting option for military and overseas voters.