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Arapahoe mail ballots not affected by sticker mishap

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By Vicky Gits

The “I Voted” stickers sent in mail-ballot envelopes won’t affect how votes will be counted, the Arapahoe County clerk says.

After it was discovered Tuesday that the stickers left a slight impression on some ballots, Doty said in a news release late Tuesday the ballots had been tested and the scanner counted the votes correctly. 

Election officials also ran a test witnessed by officials from the secretary of state’s office, party officials and the Denver Post. The votes also were counted correctly.

Arapahoe County has mailed some 245,000 mail ballots for the Nov. 6 general election so far, and anticipates 80 percent of the active registered voters will vote by mail. 

The county began including “I Voted” stickers after mail-in voters said they missed getting the sticker at polling sites. This is the first time the sticker has ever made an imprint on mail-in ballots.

Concerned voters can exchange the mail ballot for a new one at any Voter Assistance Center.