Voters receiving multiple ballots for West Metro fire district election
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — An unknown number of voters are receiving duplicate ballots for the upcoming election of members to the West Metro Fire Rescue board of directors, the fire district announced Thursday.
“West Metro Fire Rescue is aware that some voters are receiving duplicate ballots for the upcoming May 6 Election,” the district said in a media release. “If voters received multiple ballots, they are asked to vote on only one ballot and destroy the other. Voters may only vote once.”
The problem was created when West Metro received a voter registration list from the county and clerk as well as a property owner’s list from the assessor’s office, according to the statement. The software program used to eliminate duplicate names and addresses only caught exact match names, so voters who had slightly different listings in the two sources may be mailed a second ballot, West Metro said.
Even if a person gets more than one ballot, it is illegal to vote more than once. West Metro Fire Rescue recommended that voters concerned about their voter registration status contact an elections office.
According to its website, West Metro serves some 247,000 residents in Lakewood, Morrison, parts of Golden, Wheat Ridge, parts of unincorporated Littleton and Jefferson County, Roxborough communities and Waterton Canyon in Douglas County.
It is governed by a seven-member board of directors who oversee the budget and policy decisions made within the district. Each board member is elected at large but represents a portion of West Metro’s citizens.