Statement of Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson
on mailing of ballots to inactive voters
“Consistent with the last five mail ballot elections, Denver will proceed with our plan as submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State. This includes mailing ballots to registered voters who are ‘active’ in addition to ‘inactive failed to vote’ (IFTV). The IFTV category of voters, who are duly registered to vote and eligible to participate in the 2011 November Coordinated Election, simply chose not to vote in the 2010 General Election.
“This is a fundamental issue of fairness and of keeping voting accessible to as many eligible voters as possible. We have mailed to IFTV voters consistently, and without issue from the Secretary of State, for the last 5 mail ballot elections: 2009 Coordinated Election, 2010 Special Vacancy Election, 2010 Primary Election, 2011 Municipal General Election, and 2011 Municipal Run-Off Election. These voters deserve equal access to the ballot.
“Approximately fifteen percent (10,655) of IFTV voters cast a ballot during the recent municipal elections. The City and County of Denver has consistently provided all eligible voters with ease of access to the voting franchise and we plan to continue to do so.”
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