Friday, September 21, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO – Today the Clerk & Recorder’s Election Department mailed approximately 2,200 Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots for the November 6, 2012 General Election. By law the ballots must be in the mail no later than the 45th day before the General Election. These ballots are the first ballots to be mailed in preparation for this year’s November General Election.
Military and overseas voters can still register and apply for a mail-in ballot. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Voters must be registered 29 days prior to Election Day in order to participate. They can register and apply for a mail-in ballot online at GoVoteColorado.com or by contacting the Election Department by email at email@example.com for forms and assistance. More information on Military Overseas Voting can be found at: http://car.elpasoco.com/Election/Pages/MilitaryandOverseasVoting.aspx.
In addition to receiving ballots by mail, military and overseas voters also can select to receive their ballots by email, or fax. They can also access their ballot online with an encrypted link to their ballot. They are able to print their ballot and additional necessary return materials. They then can vote and return their ballot by mail, fax or email to the Clerk & Recorder. This system has improved the voter’s ability to quickly access and receive a ballot, which increases their level of participation in the election process.
In 2010, the law was changed to allow county clerks to mail ballots early to military and overseas citizens to allow them additional time to receive and return their ballots. Overseas military and citizens also are allowed an additional eight days after the election for the Clerk’s office to receive their ballot. Their ballot must be postmarked by Election Day but can be received up to eight days after the election and still be counted. These are the only ballots that a postmark is counted as valid.