Colorado refused waiver on military ballots

DENVER — Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has ordered county clerks to comply with demands from the federal government after Colorado was denied a waiver to exempt the state from a federal requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election.

Buescher said he asked for the delay to ensure accuracy, but he told county clerks to comply to the best of their ability with the new deadline.

Buescher also said he is working on new technology to send secure ballots overseas.

“Though not an ideal scenario, we’ll make every effort to ensure that an actual ballot is also sent as soon as practicable and continue to take advantage of electronic transmission options,” Buescher said.

Spokesman Rich Coolidge said if the state did not meet the deadline, some soldiers in remote battlefields might not have enough time to return them even though the state will give them an extra seven days after the election.

They can also e-mail or fax them.

Coolidge blamed primaries and deadlines for ballot initiatives for not being able to meet the deadline.


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