The presentation was delayed, but Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty now plans to bring a recommendation to the Arapahoe County …
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The presentation was delayed, but Arapahoe County Clerk and
Recorder Nancy Doty now plans to bring a recommendation to the
Arapahoe County Commissioners on May 10 to set up voting centers
for the November election.
The delay came because the Colorado Secretary of State’s office
was going to ask the Legislature to pass a bill making this year’s
voting centers unnecessary.
If the commissioners approve the proposal, the county election
department will establish 17 voting centers at locations throughout
the county instead setting up and staffing almost 200 polling
places on election day.
The secretary of state’s office initially planned to ask the
Legislature to change the state voting laws. That didn’t
“The current state law requires counties to hold a vote-center
election on odd years before they can have vote centers for
even-year elections,” said Richard Coolidge, spokesman for the
secretary of state’s office. “Our request was the Legislature
rescind the off-year election requirement. Unfortunately, there
wasn’t time to get the legislation introduced and passed before the
end of the legislative session.”
Doty said the original plan was to have a mail-in ballot
election in 2011, Doty said.
“We had to change those plans because of the state law because,
in order to save money by setting up voting centers in 2012, we
must comply with Colorado election regulations and set up the
voting centers this year too,” Doty said.
Setting up voting centers this year will cost about $80,000 more
than having all votes cast by mail-in ballot in 2011. Doty said the
county will absorb that cost because, in 2012, setting up 30 voting
centers instead of staffing 200 polling places will save about
Traditionally, there are equipment and workers at about 200
polling places for each November election. The proposal for the
2011 election was to replace those polling places with 17 voting
center. That number would grow to 30 for the 2012 election. Doty
said voting centers make sense since about 80 percent of the voters
cast ballots by mail.
Doty said voting centers are more efficient and save money. She
said the county hired and trained about 1,500 people for the 2010
election and deployed about 1,100 voting machines. She said, if the
voting center is approved, the county will hire about 150 people
for the 2011 election and deploy about 200 voting machines so it
would be more economical to use voting centers instead of polling
Doty noted any registered voter can go to any center an vote as
a result of the data on the real time information in the electronic
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