Voters will get 3 chances to cast their ballots in 2020: March 3, June 30, Nov. 3. Wochit
The start of early in-person voting this week in Colorado marks a key test for officials across the state on how to conduct an election in the middle of a pandemic.
The June 30 statewide primary will serve as a trial run for the all-important November election and offer clues about whether the emergency public health rules issued by Secretary of State Jena Griswold will make voters comfortable enough to cast ballots.
Colorado is a mail-ballot state and the vast majority — 97% or more — of voters return ballots or drop them at approved locations. But that still means each election thousands of people still head to the polls to touch a screen or bubble in a circle for their favored candidates.
The county clerks who oversee elections are encouraging voters to drop off their ballots — it’s too late to mail them, officials advise — and some are making extra accommodations to help encourage social distancing, temperature checks, face coverings and other prevention measures amid the coronavirus.
In Denver, people can register to vote curbside rather than go inside a polling center. In Pueblo, officials are asking voters to call ahead before attending a voting center so ballots can be ready for voters upon arrival. In Jefferson County, a mobile voting center will serve as a backup in case of a COVID-19 outbreak at a polling center.
“We very much would prefer that they take care of themselves and everyone around them, but we will not turn anyone away from voting,” said Angela Meyers, the Larimer County clerk. “We will hurry folks through as quickly as we can and sanitize properly afterward.”
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