The Office of the Clerk and Recorder sent approximately 4,400 ballots for the Coordinated Election to voters classified under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on Friday, September 20. This was ahead of the statutory requirement of September 21. These voters with special circumstances include military and their dependents living out of state, and citizens who reside out of the country. Holding the highest amount of active UOCAVA voters in the State of Colorado, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office pays special attention to these voters.
“Due to the length of time required for UOCAVA voters to receive and return their ballots, the law ensures they will have every opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “We have staff dedicated to work with these voters and provide them the information they need to successfully participate in this important election.”
Besides receiving their ballots earlier, the UOCAVA voters also have an extended time to return their ballot to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Whereas local voters must return their ballot by 7:00 PM on Election Day to count, UOCAVA ballots postmarked by 7:00 PM on Election Day will count if they arrive as late as eight days after the election. The postmark is counted as valid only on UOCAVA ballots, and not for local voters. UOCAVA voters can vote and return their ballot by mail, fax or email to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Citizens and UOCAVA voters may obtain additional information by contacting the Election staff members who have expertise in this area at firstname.lastname@example.org. They also may visit the website for the Colorado Secretary of State.