Post office error leads to mail-in ballot problems for Loveland City Council election

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LOVELAND, Colo. — The U.S. Postal Service failed to activate Loveland’s post office box designated for the mail-in Ward III special election and caused some ballots to be returned “box closed/return to sender,” the city said Tuesday.

Only eight of 11,000 ballots were returned, according to the post office, which is working to figure out what caused the error.

The ballots were mailed to voters in Ward III for them to cast in the special election to fill the city council seat vacated by Hugh McKean after his election to the Colorado House of Representatives in November, the city said.

There were three candidates up for the open seat: Howard Dotson, John Keil and Steve Olson.

The city became aware of the issues on Monday after some ballots were returned to an unknown number of voters.

The post office said any returned ballot can be remailed without an extra fee.

The city said voters can also drop off ballots at the Loveland City Clerk’s Office at 500 E. Third St. Suite 230.

Anyone with questions about the process or to find out if a ballot has been received can call the City Clerk’s Office at 970-962-2000 and choose option No. 9.

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