For Immediate Release
Contact: Alissa Vander Veen
(719) 520-7322; (719) 351-9626
CLERK & RECORDER SENDS MAIL PIECE TO EARLY VOTERS
Friday, September 14, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO – In an effort to create a better voting experience, provide easier access to a ballot, and reduce the lines at early voting and at polling places, the Clerk & Recorder developed a mail piece and sent a Mail-In Ballot application to previous early voters.
This mailing also should prove to be a cost savings for the County. Since it will be mailed early enough that those who respond will be included in the County’s first mailing of Mail-In Ballots for the 2012 General Election this is less expensive than when the Election Department prints the ballot in-house.
The Clerk & Recorder’s Office felt that communicating with early voters was an important part of their duty to provide easier access to the ballot. In 2008 the Clerk & Recorder’s Office had unprecedented turnout at the early voting locations and extremely long lines during the last three days.
“Our office wants to ensure that every voter knows their option for voting. Unfortunately, long lines can deter someone from casting their ballot. We wanted to provide information on other alternatives than early voting,” said Wayne Williams, County Clerk & Recorder.
The Clerk & Recorder in the past has mailed Mail-In Ballot applications to all registered voters encouraging them to sign up to be a Permanent Mail-In Voter. This mailing was designed to target a smaller universe as well as be a cost savings to the taxpayers. In 2008 the Clerk’s Office spent over $50,000 mailing Mail-In Ballot applications and this mailing cost $14,569.
In addition to this mailing the County Clerk mailed Voter Information Cards to all registered voters last week. This mailing also included a Mail-In Ballot application as well as polling place and early voting information. “Our goal is to ensure that our citizens are informed of their options for voting and they have all of the necessary information to make the best choice when casting their ballot,” said Williams.
Early Voting Mail Piece