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1-7.5-205. Counting mail ballots

Statute

(1) Mail ballots and any ballots cast at a voter service and polling center in lieu of a mail ballot must be counted after delivery of the ballots as provided in section 1-7.5-203 and after preparation of the ballots as provided in section 1-7.5-204.

(2) Mail ballots must be counted in one of the following ways:

(a) In counties that use paper ballots, the mail ballots may be counted in the same manner as paper ballots.

(b) Any county may use electronic vote-tabulating equipment for the counting of mail ballots in the same manner provided for the counting of ballots in part 6 of article 5 and parts 4 and 5 of article 7 of this title.

(c) Ballots that are cast directly on electronic or electromechanical vote-tabulating equipment at a voter service and polling center in lieu of a mail ballot shall be counted in the same manner as provided for the counting of ballots in part 6 of article 5 and parts 4 and 5 of article 7 of this title.

 

Source: L. 2013: Entire part added, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 740, § 92, effective May 10.

Definition [Ballot]

(a) A federal write-in absentee ballot;

(b) A ballot specifically prepared or distributed for use by a covered voter in accordance with this article; or

(c) A ballot cast by a covered voter in accordance with this article.

(2) “Covered voter” means:

(a) A uniformed-service voter defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of this section who is a resident of this state but who is absent from this state by reason of active duty and who otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;

(b) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in this state and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;

(c) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in this state had the voter then been of voting age and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements; or

(d) An overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (2), and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements if the last place where a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or civil union partner of the voter was, or under this article would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within this state.

C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.