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Residents can sign up to become permanent mail-in voters

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By The Staff

Voters can now sign up to permanently receive their election ballots through the mail.

Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson announced a campaign by her office March 10 to educate voters about the option. Informational mailings will arrive this week in Jefferson County homes. The mailing will include a pamphlet explaining how to apply for a mail-in ballot and how to receive ballots by mail for all future elections. Also included will be an application form to become a permanent mail-in voter, and a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope to send the application back to the clerk’s office.

“The purpose of this voter outreach campaign is to educate voters about the ease and convenience of voting by mail in a pivotal election year in which turnout is expected to be high,” Anderson said. “Many voters may not be aware that they can vote from the comfort of their own home, and this campaign is aimed at informing them about one of the many options they have available.”

Prior to 2008, voters were required to apply each year to receive a mail-in ballot. Colorado now offers the option for voters to permanently sign up for mail-in ballots. Once a voter is signed up for permanent mail-in ballots, the ballot packet will be automatically mailed for each primary and general election.

More than 55,000 voters in Jefferson County already have signed up to be permanent mail-in voters. The clerk’s office is hoping that this outreach campaign will at least double that number prior to the August primary.

Turnout for the 2008 presidential election is expected to be higher than in previous years, and Jefferson County election officials are anticipating that as many as 95 percent of all Jeffco voters will cast ballots. An increased number of mail-in ballot voters will help to alleviate the potential for crowded polling places.

For more information about the permanent mail-in option, visit www.votejeffco.com or call 303-271-8111.