Colorado rejected nearly 29,000 votes in the 2020 election because the ballots didn’t meet requirements in state law.
In the vast majority of the ballots voided, the voter’s signature didn’t match the one in state records, and in other cases, newly registered voters didn’t provide the required identification, according to Colorado Sun analysis of preliminary state data.
The trends fit the patterns of the 2016 election. The overall rate of rejected ballots — about 0.9% of votes cast — is just a fraction more than the 0.8% mark four years ago, the Sun found.
The ballot issues mostly plagued younger voters and those not affiliated with a major political party. About 65% of the rejected ballots came from voters under age 34 compared with 2% from those age 65 and older, the early data shows. Another 2,000 arrived after polls closed at 7 p.m. on Election Day, the state reported.
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