All voters can receive ballots, including inactive voters
October 7, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A ruling Friday by a Denver judge paved the way for all Colorado registered voters to receive ballots even if they are considered inactive. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said she was leaning against sending ballots to voters who didn’t cast a ballot in the 2010 general election or moved since then and didn’t update their statuses.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler had filed a lawsuit against Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson arguing that her mailing of ballots to inactive voters violated Colorado law. The Denver Post reported that the judge’s ruling was in part because Johnson already had sent ballots to inactive voters.
Rich Coolidge, a spokesman for the secretary of state, wrote in an email that the ruling didn’t impact other Colorado counties. He said each county was notified that it could send ballots to inactive voters for the Nov. 1 election.
Weinland said inactive Routt County voters were sent five notifications to update their statuses. She said most didn’t respond and she didn’t think they would return a ballot. She said inactive voters can change their statuses by going to http://www.govotecolorado.com or by visiting her office in the Routt County Courthouse before casting a ballot. Ballots will be mailed Tuesday.