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Incorrect ballots sent to 15,000 Teller County voters

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Sara Wilson

(Colorado Newsline) About 15,000 voters in Teller County received an incorrect ballot for the 2023 coordinated election due to a printing and mailing vendor error, according to Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

County Clerk Stephanie Rees became aware of the error Tuesday, one day after ballots were mailed out. The incorrect ballots have only one question on them and neither statewide ballot measure or local school board races as they should, Rees said in a statement.

The incorrect ballot has “Ballot Type: PO-UPRHS” printed in the upper right corner. The clerk advises voters who received this ballot to destroy it and the envelope.

The same vendor is correcting the issue.

Impacted voters will get a replacement ballot in the mail by Friday. If a voter already returned the incorrect ballot, the county will hold it until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 7, and will only count it if the same voter doesn’t return a correct replacement ballot in time.

There are about 22,000 registered voters in Teller County, according to data from the secretary of state’s office. Teller County is west of Colorado Springs and includes Woodland Park.

Voters have until October 30 to return their ballot by mail or until November 7 to return it in person at a voting center or drop box.

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