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Download the Voter Incident Report

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008
From MCM
Dear Mark,
Please inform your readers around the country:
When you go to the polls, take an incident report with you.  Collecting signed, dated, paper-based evidence of voter fraud, suppression, or inefficiency is the most important action
any concerned citizen can take in this “once-in-a-century election.”
This is the simplest measure any voter can take:  Stand at their own polls, watch what happens,
report evidence on the (downloadable) Incident Report, and then fax it in to the Election Defense Alliance.
The Incident Report comes with the EDA’s fax number, legal help phone numbers and guidelines
for poll monitors.
The Indient Report will be used widely in Los Angeles–the largest voting county in the
nation–by Work the Vote LA org.
One more thing: If election results go bump late in the night, it may be less of a shock if
people are educated in advance.
Votes are being flipped in West VATexas and Tennessee.   Here’s a timely video.
Wake Up and Save Your Country has just released Part Two of the “Turdblossom Lecture Series” to explain HOW voting machines can be preprogrammed to crash or change vote totals using proprietary software.  
Please take a look, and share this with your audience.
Thank you for your tremendous leadership during this time.
 
Sheri Leigh Myers
Vern Tuck Taylor
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team
http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/
 Here is a cool visual of our Voters Guide.    Here is a visual of the incident report to grab attention
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com

What to Do November 5th

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 31, 2008

 

MCM:
ALERT 7 – Register your Voter Assemblies now!
This may be the most important message you’ll receive today. Make plans to attend, or if need be, to organize a Voter Assembly in your community on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election. Your participation in a Voter Assembly is very important.

A growing database of Voter Assemblies is here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/va

You should register the Voter Assembly you are organizing here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/addva

Here is the plan. Regardless of the declared presidential victor, this Wednesday, we will gather in Voter Assemblies, and we will act:

    A.    If there is reason to believe that the election is likely to be stolen, as was the case in Florida 2000, we will act to prevent this from happening – pressing to prevent the theft and, if that is impossible, demanding a new, honest election.

    B.    If it is unclear whether voting rights violation rise to the level of election theft, as was the case in Ohio 2004, we will mobilize everywhere to demand a full and complete count of the vote.

    C.    If it appears that the election result was defined by the rigging of the process, we will rally nationwide to press for progress in enacting democratic reforms.

By Election Day, millions of people’s right to vote will have been violated. In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is especially true with voting: Voting rights violations anywhere threaten voting rights everywhere. So please, don’t wait for a repeat of Florida 2000, or Ohio 2004, or worse, and don’t think that your community is too distant from the problem to be involved. Get organized, and plan to assemble on November 5. Thank you.

It’s Down to One Week

Posted in Barack Obama by allisonkilkenny on October 28, 2008
Courts are packed with cases of people whose voter registrations aren’t on file for some reason.
By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureau
A dramatic presidential race has prompted voter registration drives nationwide, and New York is no exception. Everyone expects long lines at the voting booth on Nov. 4

But first comes a different kind of crunch: Local courts already are seeing an influx of people who, for whatever reason, are not listed as registered voters and are petitioning a judge to be enrolled.

While county boards of election typically have judges available on Election Day to rule on such cases, voters this year are heading to court days or even weeks ahead of time.

In Saratoga County, they’ve even set aside mornings to settle registration disputes.

“We’re letting them come in from 8:30 a.m. to noon,” said Saratoga County Judge Jerry Scarano. “We think election day is going to be very busy.”

“They’re being swamped,” agreed Michael Guiry, a retiree who this year moved back to Edinburgh, in Saratoga County, from Florida to be near his family.

Guiry and his wife registered to vote when they got their New York driver’s licenses, but when Guiry applied for a hunting license a few weeks ago and double-checked his voter status, he wasn’t listed. So he drove to Saratoga for a hearing before Scarano, who put him on the voter rolls.

“We have to go after school,” said Jean Harsen of Kinderhook, who plans to take her 18-year-old son, Johnathan, to Columbia County Court this week.

Harsen said Johnathan registered at a booth set up by Barack Obama supporters at the Columbia County Fair, but the county Board of Elections never got his registration.

There are lots of reasons why registrations don’t show up: Sometimes they’re simply lost, or the people running the voting drives forget to turn them in.

“It’s incumbent upon the people who are doing these drives to bring these forms in,” said Geeta Cheddie, acting election commissioner in Columbia County.

She recounted several stories in which people claimed they had sent in registration cards, but after double-checking realized they hadn’t – or had misplaced the cards altogether.

Geddie said she wasn’t sure what happened with Harsen’s registration.

“The courts are always a recourse,” she said, adding that she’s already referred a few unregistered people to the courthouse in Hudson.

Nor is it the presidential race alone that’s sparking the increase in court visits.

The state Board of Elections last year put registration lists online so that voters can check their status. But even that good work has been complicated by the fact that the state board in Albany was swamped last month with thousands of mail-in registration cards that people printed out from the Web site of Rock the Vote, a nationwide campaign to boost voting by young people.

Normally, individuals register at their local county board of elections, since those are the official repositories for voter rolls. But Rock the Vote had people send registrations to the state, which is required to accept all received before the Oct. 15 deadline. The state office was then obliged to sort and send the cards to the individual counties.

“Every day we would send out a shipment to each county,” said state Board of Elections spokesman Bob Brehm.

The upshot was that registrations may have been in the mail, but they weren’t yet listed on the Web site – creating another reason for nervous voters to head for the courts.

Election lawyer Henry Berger said many voters are figuring they can avoid Election Day hassles by going to court in advance if they have doubts about their registration status.

“Some people are getting more sophisticated about this. They are going in early,” he said.

Rick Karlin can be reached at 454-5758 or rkarlin@timesunion.com

To check your voter registration status, visit the state Board of Elections Web site at http://www.elections.state.ny.us

50,000 voters purged in Georgia

Posted in politics by allisonkilkenny on October 27, 2008

 

From MCM
Here’s an item from CNN, on the GOP’s purge of 50,000 voters in Georgia–“some voters,” as the network puts it delicately.
I preface it with Ken Anderson’s email about the wording.
MCM
Mark,

This is an amazing display of media obfuscation of a large story coming out of Georgia.  Headlined as,

“Some voters ‘purged’ from voter rolls” a few paragraphs down, the reader learns what CNN means by “some”:
____________

From CNN:
Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been “flagged” because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.

“What most people don’t know is that every year, elections officials strike millions of names from the voter rolls using processes that are secret, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation,” said Wendy Weiser, an elections expert with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.

“That means that lots and lots of eligible voters could get knocked off the voter rolls without any notice and, in many cases, without any opportunity to correct it before Election Day.”

____________

I now know that the word “some” has a numerical value of 50,000.

Two weeks prior to the election, huge numbers of mismatches are of course occurring and citizens are now being told, not that they need to correct their registration, but that they are not actually US citizens and must prove citizenship.

Now, imagine how many are not receiving any notice at all.

Eight days until electoral meltdown, when the media will gloss over the national debacle and paint it all as a smooth day for the world’s greatest democracy.

Ken

BREAKING (CNN) – GA: 50,000 voters purged in early Oct (w/update)

by Verbalobe
Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:44:26 AM PDT
If I’m late to this party just let me know and I’ll delete.  CNN.com has a story up now about up to 50,000 new voters in Georgia having been been purged (even after being informed they were registered, and almost certainly most of them erroneously), with insufficient time to correct the mistake.  This is apparently in violation of Federal law.
There’s apparently a lawsuit on the books over this:

A lawsuit has been filed over Georgia’s mismatch system, and the state is also under fire for requestingSocial Security records for verification checks on about 2 million voters — more requests than any other state.

One of the lawyers involved in the lawsuit says Georgia is violating a federal law that prohibits widespread voter purges within 90 days of the election, arguing that the letters were sent out too close to the election date.

But the article isn’t clear on the status of the case.
This diary summarizes other states, actions taken, and recommendations, but doesn’t explicitly address Georgia.
More from CNN:

Georgia’s Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican who began working on purging voter rolls since she was elected in 2006, said that won’t happen. If there are errors, she said, there is still plenty of time to resolve the problems. iReport.com: Are you voting early?

Handel says she is not worried the verification process will prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot.

“In this state and all states, there’s a process to ensure that a voter who comes in — even if there’s a question about their status — that they will vote either provisional or challenge ballot, which is a paper ballot,” she said.

“So then the voter has ample opportunity to clarify any issues or address them,” Handel added. “And I think that’s a really important process.”

“This is about ensuring the integrity of our elections,” she said.

Interesting that these Republicans — whether they are outside the Secretary of State office (as in Ohio) or in charge of it (as in Georgia) all use the same talking points.
Meanwhile citizens like Kyla Berry mentioned in the story may not even GO to the polls, having been told they were purged.
An illegal purge, based on data (Social Security data) that is not supposed to be matched against except in extremis, performed during an illegal timeframe, targeting new voters which are overwhelmingly Democratic, resulting in a letter that tells them they are not registered to vote, arriving past the time provided for dispute or correction…
What can this possibly be other than…

Handel denied the efforts to verify the vote are suppression.

UPDATE 1:  To help calm those with exploding heads, hair torn out, tears of rage, etc., this from gchaucer2

All of these voter suppression tactics are being challenged vigorously right now.  Courts are addressing the suits on an expedited basis.  Lawyers from the private sector are stripping the reins from the DOJ which is doing nothing other than abetting supression.

It is impossible prior to the next Congress and Administration to pressure the DOJ to do its mandated duty.  There will be a purge at Justice and concerted effort to standardize registration requirements.

It is not too little too late.

And this from chimpy:

Maybe we can’t fix every case, but we can help fix a lot of them by funding and volunteering for Election Protection.

We can publicize every case of vote fraud (actual), and vote suppression. Spread the news, to let this year’s failed power-grab forever stain the Republican party’s character the same way Katrina, Iraq and overleveraged Wall St speculation have stained their philosophy.

And, we can push so hard this week that McCain and his party lose way beyond the margin of theft next Tuesday. Your co-worker will get his registration fixed sometime. What we do this week could determine whether or not there’s a Republic still functioning to use it in.

Also, CNN has updated the original article (linked above) with more national context (Wisconsin, Ohio) and more comment from anti-suppression voices.

Katherine Harris, Ken Blackwell, and now…Mike Coffman?

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 26, 2008

What’s going on in Colorado? Colorado may be our 2008 Ohio.

New York Times

 

Colorado Faces Suit on Voter Purges

By DAN FROSCH

Published: October 24, 2008

A national voter group filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Coffmanalleging that as many as 30,000 voters had been purged from the rolls in Colorado. According to the Advancement Project, which filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in Denver, Mr. Coffman, a Republican, illegally disqualified thousands of voters by removing them from voter rolls within 90 days of Election Day, which is prohibited by federal law. The lawsuit also alleges that a few thousand new voters were improperly disqualified because election officials did not follow federal guidelines in seeking to verify their home addresses. Instead, the new voters’ registration was canceled if a notice sent by election officials to their address was returned within 20 days, the Advancement Project says. The lawsuit seeks to reinstate those voters who have been illegally purged from the rolls. Richard Coolidge, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, would not comment on the lawsuit.

Politics West

Colo.’s Katherine Harris threatens ’08 election

Colorado, as anyone following the election campaign knows, is a major presidential battleground state. Both John McCain and Barack Obama have visited the state multiple times, including in recent/coming days. Though a new poll shows Obama taking a commanding 12-point lead, everyone expects both the presidential and U.S. Senate race here to be very close. That’s why the Secretary of State Mike Coffman’s (R) moves should worry everyone in Colorado and elsewhere. We’ve got our own Katherine Harris here – and a careful look at the news suggests he’s moving to game this election in a state that could be the Florida of 2008.

I say “careful look” because Coffman’s behavior – while outrageous and potentially election-throwing – has received coverage mostly in the back pages of local newspapers (and similarly little attention from the national media). But if you bother to dig down, you will see what I’m talking about – and it’s scary.

Here’s page 21 of Saturday’s Rocky Mountain News:

The story on the left describes Coffman’s efforts to invalidate roughly 5,000 registrations (depending on which source you ask). Here’s the crux of what’s going on:

“5,000 Coloradans whose voter status is in limbo because of [a] controversial check box…The registration form asks for a driver’s license or state ID number. If applicants don’t have that, they’re supposed to check a box and then put down at least the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. But thousands of people didn’t check the box. According to a policy adopted last year by Secretary of State Mike Coffman, these applications are supposed to be listed as incomplete…National and local voting-rights organizations criticize Coffman’s policy, saying it violates other federal laws. They say Coffman is unfairly putting up barriers for people who are eligible to vote and want him to change his policy.”

The check box is “controversial” because you are asked to check it on the form if you don’t “have” a driver’s license or ID card. Here’s what it looks like on the form (which you can download and see yourself here):

So, here’s the thing – what’s the definition of “have?” I may have one at my house or in my car, but not with me at the very moment I am filling out the registration form. In that case, it would be logical – and, in fact, honest – for me to not check that box, while also putting down the last four digits of my social security number as my selected method of verifying my registration. Alternately, for whatever reason (privacy, etc.), I may simply feel more comfortable listing the last 4 digits of my social security number, rather than my entire driver’s license number. So therefore, I might have listed my social security number and not checked the box.

And yet, if you made any of those logical choices – if you gave all the social security information required by law, but simply didn’t check the box – Coffman is attempting to use that choice to potentially invalidate your registration and prevent you from voting.

In case you think Coffman’s move isn’t extreme or motivated by partisanship, consider the fact that two big Republican counties are doing exactly the opposite of Coffman. As the Rocky Mountain News notes, “Election officials in Jefferson and Larimer counties also disagree with Coffman, saying they are weighing in on the side of the voter and won’t disqualify people because of what they call a technicality.” The Denver Post reports that Coffman reacted by sending a letter to other counties telling them they cannot follow suit, meaning two Republican counties are registering these voters, but others are not.

Thus, it isn’t surprising that the Rocky Mountain News notes that “the largest number [of registrations affected by Coffman’s edict] are Democrats, followed closely by unaffiliated voters,” and “hundreds live in predominately minority neighborhoods in Denver and Aurora” (ie. traditionally Democratic constituencies).

Remember, Coffman is an up-and-coming Republican “star” – he’s simultaneously Secretary of State and running to replace Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R). So he’s not some nonpartisan election observer – as I said before, he’s positioning himself to be Katherine Harris, who also went on to use her notoriety as an election thief to win a seat in Congress.

And Mike Coffman in particular understands that 5,000 Democratic votes is no small number in a place like Colorado. A 12,000 vote switch from Republican to Democrat in2006 would have cost him his election to the Secretary of State’s office. 

To be sure, there are going to be a lot of election-day shenanigans all over the country, much of it in the shadows. But what we’re seeing here in Colorado is a very public attempt to use Republican-controlled offices to potentially disenfranchise thousands and rig the election. Indeed, the Denver Post now reports that Coffman has asked his fellow Republican crony, state Attorney General John Suthers (R), to validate his moves with an official legal opinion so as to trip up potential pre- and post-election legal challenges to the disenfranchisement. This isn’t a conspiracy theory – it’s happening all right out in the open for everyone to see.

It all adds up to the kind of coordinated Republican scheme we’ve seen in the last two elections. And once again, that scheme could throw a national election.

And the Saga of Missing Ballots:

By John Gideon

In a stunning admission Sequoia Voting Systems has admitted to not printing and mailing over 11,000 absentee ballots to Denver, Colorado voters. Their spokeswoman claimed they “made an unfortunate mistake”. In fact, the company had failed to notify the city of this “mistake” and when originally asked they lied and told the city they had delivered all 21,450 ballots they were supposed to print and deliver  to the post office on Oct. 16. Sequoia claims they will have ballots printed and delivered to the post office by tomorrow, Monday. Voters have until election day to get those ballots marked and either back in the mail or delivered to any early polling site. Not mentioned by anyone is if any overseas voters or military are affected by this failure.

In Jefferson Co Arkansas voters will vote on ballots that don’t have some alderman races on them. The county discovered their error too late and they have now fixed it but all early voting has been done without those races being voted on by the voters. The county will just forget all of those voters and hope that none of the races are close which would open them up for potential lawsuits.

5 Steps To Protect Your Vote

Posted in Barack Obama, politics by allisonkilkenny on October 25, 2008

Here are 5 steps you should immediately take if you encounter harassment or other problems at the polls:

 

1) Video Your Vote If possible, plan ahead for any problems by bringing a video camera with you to Video the Vote. Then, spread it around (send it to us and we’ll help). Remember, the focus should be on gathering evidence and not telling stories. So, use video, audio, photographs, get names and phone numbers of witnesses, as well as voting machine serial numbers, names of poll workers, and document the time of day.

2) At the First Sign of a Problem, Stop* At the first sign of a problem with your machine (or if you have any other problem listed below), stop what you are doing and ask to speak to the supervisor (skip the poll worker) at your polling location. Explain your problem. If they try and waive you off, call your main election commission numberand ask to speak to the election commissioner until your problem is satisfactorily addressed. Keep in mind that many poll workers/supervisors will try and blame the voter aka “operator error.” Do not leave your polling place until your problem is well-documented and addressed to your complete satisfaction and, if the problem is with the machine, that the machine is quarantined. Oh, and you get to vote.

3) File a Report. File Several Reports. Your local polling place will have incident reports available to you. If they do not, call the main election commission for your county and ask for someone to bring one to you. Make sure that both you and the supervisor sign it. An example of a report is here (Hat tip: Wake Up and Save Your CountryVoters Guide). The U.S. Election Assistance Commission also lists on their website where you can find out how to file a report in! your state. Again, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-Our-Vote can also help with any questions in this area.

4) Call the Election Protection Hotline Report you incident to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-Our-Vote, especially if you feel you are being bullied or your incident is not being taken seriously. The ACLU has a hotline as well at 1-877-523-2792. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Greg Palast offer suggestions as well in their comic StealBackYourVote.org.

5) Pledge to Stand Up to Stolen Elections Go to NoMoreStolenElections.org and pledge to not concede until every vote is counted – and counted as cast.

House GOP Leader Asks Bush to Cut Off ACORN Funds

Posted in ACORN, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 22, 2008

 

It begins. Expect to see the GOP wage a full-blown war against ACORN, the last mobilizing force of poor minorities.

Yahoo News

WASHINGTON – House Republican leader John Boehner on Wednesday urged President Bush to block all federal funds to a grass-roots community group that has been accused of voter registrationfraud.

“It is evident that ACORN is incapable of using federal funds in a manner that is consistent with the law,” Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote Bush, saying that funds should be blocked until all federal investigations into the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now are completed.

ACORN, a group that has led liberal causes since it was formed in 1970, this year hired more than 13,000 part-time workers to sign up voters in minority and poor neighborhoods in 21 states. Some of the 1.3 million registration cards submitted to local election officials, using the names of cartoon characters or pro football players, were obviously phony, spurring GOP charges of widespread misconduct.

ACORN has said it was its own quality-control workers who first noticed problem registration cards, flagged them and submitted them to local election officials in every state that is now investigating them.

To commit fraud, a person would have to show up on Election Daywith identification bearing the fake name.

Local law enforcement agencies in about a dozen states are investigating fake registrations submitted by ACORN workers and theFBI is reviewing those cases.

Boehner said his office had determined that ACORN had received more than $31 million in direct federal funding since 1998. He said the group had likely received far more indirectly through federal block grants to states and localities. “Immediate action is necessary to ensure that no additional tax dollars are directed to ACORN while it is under investigation,” he wrote Bush.

Boehner said he and other Republicans were also asking the Justice Department to investigate ACORN’s connections to the home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying ACORN “appears to have played a key role in the irresponsible schemes that led to the current financial meltdown.”

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has asked if ACORN, which he accused of perpetuating voter registration fraud, was “destroying the fabric of democracy.” ACORN and other advocacy groups have suggested that Republicans are exaggerating the issue to keep the underprivileged, who tend to vote Democratic, from casting ballots.

Update: NY Voters Being Reported As “Inactive”

Posted in civil rights, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 22, 2008

 

From MCM
Dear Mark and Bo,

I am an NYU graduate, a magazine reporter and someone who just found out last week I was “Inactive.”

I’ve been reading your work, Mark, and also that of Naomi Wolf, who speaks very highly of you in her latest book Give Me Liberty.

I just wanted to thank you both for sending this email out to people. Unfortunately, it is too late to change your status UNLESS you can get someone at your borough’s board of elections to send you a new “confirmation notice” in the mail – this confirmation notice, once sent out, automatically moves one from the “inactive” to the “active” status.

I know because I got someone to do it for me last week. I had contacted the ACLU’s voting rights project (Neil Bradley, who I’ve cc’d on this email) and also Election Protection dot org, in DC, and had a list of the laws ready to read to whomever at the voting office was unlucky enough to answer my phone call. Basically I badgered them for two days until they moved my name.

I URGE everyone who finds out they are “inactive” to call, call, call their borough’s board of elections, where they were last registered, and beg them to do whatever they can.

I can provide more information on the specific laws I cited when I talked to them, if you’re interested.

Regards,


Melody S. Wells
PEOPLE Magazine
Reporter-Researcher

Are You A Constitution Voter?

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on October 21, 2008

 

From ACLU

Our goal is to sign up 300,000 Constitution Voters by October 24th to demonstrate our power. 

We will deliver your messages to candidates at all levels of government, all across the country. We must let our leaders know that when we step into the ballot box, the Constitution will be the first thing on our minds.

I Am a Constitution Voter

  • I believe that no one — including the President — is above the law.
  • I oppose all forms of torture, and I support both closing the Guantánamo Bay prison and ending indefinite detention.
  • I oppose warrantless spying.
  • I believe that government officials, no matter how high-ranking, should be held accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution.
  • I believe that the Constitution protects every person’s rights equally — no matter what they believe, how they live, where or if they worship, and whom they love.
  • I reject the notion that we have to tolerate violations of our most fundamental rights in the name of fighting terrorism.
  • I am deeply committed to the Constitution and expect our country’s leaders to share and act on that commitment — every day, without fail.
SIGN THE PETITION HERE

CO: Problem with Mail-in Ballots

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 21, 2008

Just received this email from a reader in Colorado

Just letting you know what’s already being reported (but without the urgency necessary). 

I just went and got a replacement mail-in ballot, because they said they sent mine on Oct. 15th and it never arrived. I met a lady who said that they told her that hers was sent on the 8th.

In Colorado, an estimated one-third of the voters are voting mail-in, and at the Denver Elections Commission, they said there’s a problem with about half of the mail-in ballots.

My intention was to go mail-in without the mail, but I did get suckered into waiting for mine to arrive. It’s no problem getting a replacement, beyond the hassle of getting to the location. There are plenty of places where mail-in voters can put their filled-in ballots in an actual ballot box, to avoid the same hassles with outgoing mail as there are with incoming.

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Early voting begins as some wait for mail-in ballots

With Election Day just two weeks from today, tens of thousands of Coloradans who requested mail-in ballots still have yet to receive them.

County clerks, however, say they are now largely caught up processing the flood of mail-in ballot applications and that voters who have not received their requested mail-in ballots will soon get them.

“They’re done with voter registration now, so they can devote more resources to the mail ballots,” said Rich Coolidge, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, which oversees the counties’ election efforts. Oct. 6 was the final day for people to register to vote.

So far, more than 1.5 million mail-in ballots have been mailed out to voters in Colorado, according to secretary of state figures. But tens of thousands more people who have requested a mail-in ballot still have yet to receive theirs.

Denver elections spokesman Alton Dillard said 150,000 of the requested 174,000 mail-in ballots have been sent to Denver voters. The city’s elections vendor, Sequoia Voting Systems, plans to send another batch of 23,000 mail-in ballots Friday and the city has begun mailing out smaller batches of ballots as well, Dillard said.

In Douglas County, Clerk Jack Arrowsmith said the county will send out a batch of 4,500 more ballots today, but he added that the shipment won’t eliminate the county’s backlog of applications.

“We plan to be caught up by the end of the week,” Arrowsmith said.

The assurances do little to relieve the anxiety of voters who have watched the days to Election Day count down without receiving their mail-in ballots.

“It’s a big mess,” said Ernesto Alvarado, a retired school administrator in Thornton who said he heeded officials’ calls to vote by mail and avoid Election Day lines but has yet to receive his ballot.

Voters can check their requested mail-in ballots’ progress by going to www.GoVoteColorado.com and clicking the “Verify your Voter Registration Information” link. Alvarado said he did that, and the site told him his ballot had been mailed out on Oct. 13.

“But I suspect that they’re so far behind that they haven’t mailed it,” Alvarado said. “And it’s getting close.”

By law, county clerks have 72 hours after processing a mail-in ballot application to send out the ballot, Coolidge said. Voters can request a mail-in ballot until Oct. 28 and until Oct. 31 if they apply in person.

Voters who requested mail-in ballots but haven’t received them by Election Day — or voters who want to vote early at polling places instead of waiting to receive their mail-in ballots — can do so by casting provisional ballots. Before being counted, a provisional ballot mustbe verified after the polls close as having been cast by an eligible voter.

The potential complexities of it all have clerks making a new plea to voters: Return your mail-in ballots quickly.

“There’s an unprecedented number of people voting mail ballots this year,” said Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle.

“With this long of a ballot and as long as it takes to process them, we need people to vote them and get them back to us.”

John Ingold: 303-954-1068 or jingold@denverpost.com.