As today is municipal election day in Denver, and Denver is conducting an all-mail election, it seems an appropriate time to discuss a new study published this year by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. They teamed up with the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs to form the Best Practices and Vision Commission. Their report, Changing the Way Colorado Votes: A Study of Selected Reforms, discusses the use of mail and absentee voting. The report also discusses possible reforms needed in the areas of voter registration deadlines, effects on voter turnout, and more. Primarily, the report focuses on the issue of whether or not Colorado turns to all-mail balloting for statewide elections. The report presents the pros and cons of all-mail balloting, including costs, urban and rural differences, and more. This report is an interesting and valuable look at a new way of voting.
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