Three years after they were enacted, changes to the state’s voting process have reaped positive results.
Administrative fees – things like postage, printing and labor – have decreased by an average of 40 percent, the use of provisional ballots has been eliminated almost entirely, and dropping off a ballot in person, which overtook snail mail as the preferred method of voting, took most Coloradoans less than 10 minutes in the 2014 general election.
The Pew Charitable Trusts-funded research came after the state legislature passed the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013. The mandate required ballots be mailed to every registered voter and replaced assigned polling places with centers any voter in a county could access. Newer residents could also vote sooner.