Colorado says Arapahoe County not following law on mail-in ballots

Carlos Illescas
The Denver Post

The Colorado attorney general on Wednesday sought an injunction to force officials in Arapahoe County to follow a new law requiring mail-in ballots to be accepted at every polling location.

The injunction was filed in Arapahoe County District Court on behalf of the Colorado secretary of state.

Legislation passed in 2009 requires that counties provide a way for people to drop off mail-in ballots at all polling places.

Secretary of State Bernie Buescher said Arapahoe County is the only county in Colorado refusing to do so.

“Sixty-three of our counties are fine with this,” Buescher said. “We’ve worked with them to come up with ways to minimize their costs.”

Arapahoe County officials say it would cost up to $80,000 to provide mail-in dropoff at all of its voting places. The money would be spent on buying more ballot boxes, securing vehicles to transport the ballots and having more people to aid in the process.

Arapahoe County has 15 places where people can drop off mail-in ballots and more than 200 polling places in all.

Read more: Colorado says Arapahoe County not following law on mail-in ballots – The Denver Post


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