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Vote by Mail: Saving Money in Colorado

Highlighting the gains from allowing vote by mail options, Boulder County has joined a growing list of Colorado counties and localities that will conduct the 2010 primary election only by mail.

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall asked the commissioners to approve the change for this year's general election primaries, saying the move would increase turnout and decrease costs.  In the 2008 primary, only 18 percent of the people who voted did so at polling places.  The vast majority, 79%, voted by mail, and 3% cast their ballots at early-voting locations.  The switch will save the county $173,386.  Last year, the state legislature passed  HB 09-1216, which  allows Colorado counties to conduct primaries entirely by mail for the first time.

Resources:
Progressive States Network - Mail-in and Early Voting
Boulder Daily Camera - Boulder County will use mail-in ballots only for August primaries
FairVote - Vote by Mail
Stateline: Oregon - The Vote is in the Mail
Common Cause - Vote by Mail Elections