Arapahoe County

Vote of confidence

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's office prepares for Election Day

Posted 11/3/17

Things were quiet at the Arapahoe County Elections Facility on Federal Boulevard in Littleton on Halloween — ballots were coming in at a trickle, but Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane said the deluge would soon arrive as the Nov. 7 …

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Arapahoe County

Vote of confidence

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's office prepares for Election Day

Posted

Things were quiet at the Arapahoe County Elections Facility on Federal Boulevard in Littleton on Halloween — ballots were coming in at a trickle, but Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane said the deluge would soon arrive as the Nov. 7 Election Day approached.

The facility is a cavernous warehouse that once housed massive rows of voting machines before the state switched to a mail-ballot system, Crane said. This year, a team of 14 permanent employees and 45 temporary staff are processing ballots from voters in various local and county elections, though Crane expects that only about a third of the 325,000 eligible voters will submit a ballot.

Trained staff sort, process, and verify every ballot, with legions of judges on hand to examine ballots with insufficient information, iffy signatures or unclear voting marks.

“It's an awesome responsibility,” Crane said. “People give us their trust.”

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