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Mail-in ballot drop off location in Denver. Oct. 23, 2012

Mail-in ballot drop off location in Denver. Oct. 23, 2012

DENVER — With ballots in hand, thousands are already exercising their right to take part in the election process. They are turning up at vote centers, drop off boxes and mailing their ballots to their election offices.

Denver Election Division spokesman Alton Dillard points out the mail-in ballot is larger than a normal envelope, so additional postage is needed. The postal service says it costs 65-cents to mail a ballot for this election.

Postal officials indicate no ballot will get a “return-to-sender” stamp. The ballots without proper postage will not be sent back to voters. They will get delivered to each county election office, where the USPS and counties will settle up after the election.

What we really want to impress is for people to mail their ballots in by the Thursday before Election day, which is Nov. 1. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Postmarking on the 6th will see your ballot sent to the ‘dead-letter-file’ where your vote will not count.

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