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All Colorado Counties Will Have Access To Ballot Tracking For November Election

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Colorado is expanding its mail-in ballot tracking app so that all voters in the state can use it. Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced Monday that voters in all 64 counties will be able to check the status of their mailed ballots for the 2020 election and receive notifications by phone, email or text. Enrollment is automatic for voters whose emails are registered the countries.

The statewide vote tracking system comes amid growing national concern over voter fraud and attempts to discredit mail-in voting systems like Colorado’s, which started in 2013. Colorado has more than 3.5 million active registered voters.

“I’m happy to announce that for the first time, every Colorado voter will have access to ballot tracking, to be able to see when ballots are sent to when they are processed,” Griswold said.  “This new program is one of the many ways that Colorado continually innovates to ensure our elections are the best in the nation.”

Griswold was also busy over the weekend filing a lawsuit Saturday again the U.S. Postal Service to stop delivery of flyers containing information about the state's mail-in voting system. A federal judge in Colorado has now been asked to reconsider an order barring the Postal Service from continuing to distribute the mailer that the state says contains confusing information about Colorado’s mail-in voting system. The flyers are being distributed nationally.

The Postal Service mailer tells voters they must request a mail-in ballot for the November elections. In Colorado, every registered voter receives a mail ballot. U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez issued a temporary restraining order late Saturday stopping the mailings. He says the notices will sow confusion among voters.

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