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Publish Date: 10/21/2006

Ballots in need of extra postage
Clerk having to foot the bill for some


Boulder County residents who vote by mail should slap an extra stamp on the envelope when they return their absentee ballot, elections workers recommended this week.

Thanks to an unusually long slate of candidates and issues on the Nov. 7 ballot, absentee ballots and their accompanying secrecy sleeves weigh an ounce and a half, county voter-outreach coordinator Carrie Haverfield said.

At the post office, that’s enough to bump the price of postage from 39 cents, the price of a first-class stamp, to 63 cents, she said.

Officials want the 33,000 absentee voters who requested ballots so far to pay full postage if they mail their ballots.

But envelopes with insufficient postage might still get to the county clerk’s office.

“We’ve talked to local post offices, and they’re working with us. If there’s not enough postage, it still gets to us,” Haverfield said.

However, the county clerk will have to pay the difference for all ballots with insufficient postage that are forwarded to the elections division, Haverfield said. Ballots mailed from outside the county might be returned to the sender.

“We always have people who ask why the county can’t cover the cost,” she said. “When you’re talking about thousands of absentee ballots, the cost is just too great.”

Ballots must be at one of three county clerk offices — 1750 33rd St. in Boulder, 529 Coffman St. in Longmont or 722 Main St. in Louisville — no later than 7 p.m. Election Day.

Absentee ballots

For information on obtaining an absentee ballot, call 303-413-7740 or visit www.co.boulder.co.us/clerk/elections/forms/absentee.htm.

Residents who wish to avoid long lines on Election Day can also vote early at three locations:

• 529 Coffman St., Longmont

• 1750 33rd St., Boulder

• Boulder County Courthouse, East Wing, 2025 14th St., Boulder

Early-voting hours:

• Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Oct. 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Oct. 30 through Nov. 3: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Brad Turner can be reached at 720-494-5420, or by e-mail at bturner@times-call.com.

 
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