Postal Service urges voters to mail ballots now for on-time delivery

DENVER — The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that ballots should be mailed “now” to ensure on-time delivery and so they can be counted for the Nov. 8 election.

“We are urging all voters to mail their completed ballots as soon as possible to enable delivery and tabulation at the local level,” Colorado/Wyoming district manager Rick Pivovar said. “Millions of voters are entrusting their ballots to the mail and our employees have been helping deliver another successful election season.”

Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 8 to be counted. A postmark on or before Nov. 8 but not in possession of election officials will disqualify the ballot.

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Ballots can be mailed or dropped off in person at locations within your county. There is also in-person voting on Election Day.

All mail-in ballots require postage and in most instances, extra postage will be required because of the ballot’s weight.

“The U.S. Mail serves as a secure, efficient and effective means for Colorado residents to participate in the electoral process,” Pivovar said.

As of Tuesday morning, 1,067,685 ballots have been returned, the Secretary of State’s Office said.

Of those, 399,341 (37.4 percent) have been returned by registered Democrats, 371,746 (34.8 percent) by registered Republicans and 281,845 (26.4 percent) by unaffiliated voters.

Jefferson County has had the most returns with 131,682, followed by El Paso County (123,141), Denver County (121,158), Arapahoe County (114,930) and Boulder County (73,628).