Minor glitch could affect some recent registrants | AspenTimes.com

Minor glitch could affect some recent registrants

Up to 500 area residents who registered to vote with assistance from the Rock the Vote program could experience a minor glitch at the polls, but nothing that should prohibit them from casting a ballot, according to an organizer.

Tricia McKenzie said it recently came to her attention that some registration information mailed by her on Oct. 4 didn’t get recorded on voter registration rolls kept at the polls.

Oct. 4, a Monday, was the deadline to register. McKenzie said about 200 registrations were collected in Aspen in a last big push by Rock the Vote that prior weekend. Another 250 or so were collected at events downvalley. Others trickled in around that time.

McKenzie said she mailed all the registration cards from that period, about 500, to the Colorado secretary of state’s office for processing. She was positive they had the Oct. 4 postmark.

However, a Rock The Vote volunteer discovered when she wanted to early vote in El Jebel last week that her information, mailed on Oct. 4, hadn’t been processed and she wasn’t registered to vote in the precinct where she relocated. The woman had moved and re-registered to vote using her new address.

McKenzie said she scrambled to make sure she had followed the rules and confirmed that she had. All of the people assisted by Rock the Vote before the Oct. 4 deadline should be allowed to vote, regardless of whether their information was processed with local county clerks.

Teak Simonton, Eagle County clerk, confirmed that the time of registration was the key rather than the postmark. As long as people registered or re-registered before the Oct. 4 deadline, they can vote.

If Rock the Vote’s new information was postmarked Oct. 4 then voters should be registered correctly at their polling place, Simonton said. In cases where the voter registered prior to Oct. 4 but election judges don’t have information about them, the voter should be allowed to use a provisional ballot, according to Simonton. After the election, the registration information will be verified for people who had provisional ballots, Simonton said.

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