Mail Ballots in the 2014 Colorado Election

Mail Ballots in the 2014 Colorado Election

In November 2014, Colorado held its first general election since the passage of a 2013 law that required the state to mail ballots to all registered voters before Election Day. The law did not, however, institute mail-only voting in the state; in-person voting is still permitted on or before Election Day at Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). In Denver County, for instance, voters could go to any of 13 VSPCs operating during the early voting period and 25 open on Election Day to surrender their mail ballots and vote in person or register and vote at the same time.

Despite this provision, the overwhelming majority of voters in Denver County did use their mail ballots. Surprisingly, however, 72 percent of county voters chose not to return their mail ballots via the Postal Service, opting instead to drop them off at a VSPC or other designated drop-off location. Twenty-three 24-hour drop boxes and 16 drive-up locations—some at VSPCs—were available across the city. In a likely related development, Denver recorded a dramatic reduction in the number of provisional ballots cast, compared with the 2010 election:

  • 6,388 of 194,648 total ballots cast (3.28 percent) in 2010 were provisional.
  • 178 of 235,418 total ballots cast (0.08 percent) in 2014 were provisional.

Follow us on Twitter using #electiondata and get the latest data dispatches, research, and news by subscribing today.

The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.
ian-hutchinson-U8WfiRpsQ7Y-unsplash.jpg_master

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.

Lightbulbs
Lightbulbs

States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.