The Vote is in the Mail

Denver P&DC Dock Supervisor Dzung Nguyen verifies a tray that holds just a few of the 3.5 million ballots mailed in Colorado’s first all-mail ballot election.

Denver P&DC Dock Supervisor Dzung Nguyen verifies a tray that holds just a few of the 3.5 million ballots mailed in Colorado’s first all-mail ballot election.

Mail acceptance, processing and distribution, transportation and delivery units across the nation have seen an influx of political mail over the last several weeks. For Colorado operations, there’s an additional piece of mail in every registered voter’s mailbox – a ballot.

A recent change in state law eliminated traditional polling places and instead turned to the United States Postal Service to deliver and return ballots.

Over a five-day period, 64 Colorado counties entered more than 3.5 million ballots in the mail. Colorado/Wyoming Election Mail Coordinator Donna Walker was tasked with coordinating with counties, printers, mail acceptance units, and mail processing personnel.

“I’m thrilled that the process went so smoothly,” she said. “The only problems we had were with printers or vendors. Nothing internal.”

Voter Records Manager Amanda Beach of the City and County of Denver was involved in the planning and mailing of nearly 350,000 ballots from her jurisdiction. Using Intelligent Mail barcodes, they tracked their ballots through the distribution process.

“All ZIP Codes were processed by USPS at 100 percent,” she said in a note to the District manager. “Thank you so much for all of your support in this delivery.”

Adams County Clerk and Recorder Karen Long said, “We appreciate the attention and detail you gave our ballots. Together, we will succeed with the mail ballot delivery system to distribute our voter’s ballots.”

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