Every ballot cast will be counted. The only requirement is that ballots must be cast by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty's office issued that statement after a number of residents came to early voting centers asking to turn in their mail-in ballots and use voting machines because they had heard the mail-in ballots will not be counted.
Doty said the rumor is not true and she assured residents that all ballots cast will be counted.
Doty said that, if a resident received a mail-in ballot, there is no need to go to the polls to cast a substitute ballot on a machine.
She said the mail-in ballot allows voters to take their time and consider the candidates and issues from the comfort of their home before marking their ballots. Then, they can return the ballot with total confidence that it will count, the same as any vote cast on a voting machine.
The voting process is under way. The county on Oct. 15 began sending mail-in ballots to voters who signed up for them. The mail-in ballots can be returned by mail with 65 cents postage or can be turned in at any of the drop-off sites throughout the county.
Also, there are eight early voting centers in operation. The hours of operations vary but the centers will be in operation until Nov. 2.
To find a mail ballot drop-off or voting location nearest you, the location and hours of the early voting centers or for more information about the Nov. 6 general election, contact the county's elections division at 303-795-4511 or visit the website at www.arapahoevotes.com.