This year Denver voters can track the progress of their ballots through the U.S. postal system
(Denver) – Mail ballots will start arriving in Denver mailboxes in the middle of the week of July 19. The August 10 Primary Election is an all-mail election so ballots are automatically sent to all eligible voters who are affiliated with the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian parties.
The Primary Election also marks the debut of Ballot TRACE, Denver’s first-in-the-nation ballot tracking, reporting, and communication engine. Ballot TRACE allows voters to receive messages about the status of their ballot: before it enters the mail system, while it is being processed by the post office, and after it has been returned to the Elections Division. Voters can choose to automatically receive email or text messages, or they can retrieve those messages on the Denver Elections Division’s website.
Party-affiliated Denver voters can sign up for this free service. Those who don’t own a computer but would like to receive text messages can call 311 and request to be signed up. Unaffiliated voters will not receive a mail ballot for the Primary Election, and therefore will not be able to use Ballot TRACE in the Primary. However, they can sign up for Ballot TRACE for the General Election starting September 1.
The Denver Elections Division partnered with a local software company, i3logix, and the U.S. Postal Service to create Ballot TRACE, and beta-tested it during the November 2009 election. This groundbreaking system involves new postal bar-coding technology, and a new web-based software and messaging system.
“We want to continue to find ways to offer improved election services to Denver’s citizens,” said Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O’Malley. “It became clear to us in 2008 that people would like some assurance about the status of their mail ballot, and we felt this technology could offer significant value. It also gives us an inside look at how our ballots work their way through the postal system.”
Voted ballots can be returned by mail or in person. The return postage is 61 cents.
Voters who choose to drop their ballots off in person can bring them to any one of 13 conveniently-located Voter Service Centers across the city. Five of these locations will offer drive-through drop off service. Information on service center and drive-through locations, dates and hours of operation can be found on the instruction sheet in the voter’s mail ballot packet, or at www.DenverVotes.org or by calling 311. Sample ballots are available on the Elections Division website, www.DenverVotes.org.
Voters should make sure to deposit their voted ballots in an attended red ballot box only. Ballots should never be dropped off at any unsecured location or outside of the posted hours of operation.
For more information call 311 or visit us online at www.DenverVotes.org.