GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mail-in ballots are a hot topic this election cycle, with the president of the United States casting doubt on if it’s a secure way to vote.
“He’s invited people to vote twice. That’s a felony,” says Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, who was in Denver this week. But even without a global pandemic, the number of folks voting in person has declined over the years, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. And in the last presidential election, almost 18 percent of total voters cast their ballots by mail. “Vote by mail, as you know in Colorado, is indeed safe, it is indeed secure, and it does indeed increase turn out,” says Perez.
Perez says states like Colorado show that more people participate in the political process when they can vote by mail. “That’s what we want. We want to see as many people possible, who are eligible to vote, get out there and vote, and have their votes counted,” says Perez.
He also says Colorado’s voting system has paved a path for other states to have mail-in ballots as one of their voting options.
“We want to make sure that if you’re in a different state where you have those choices, that you have the actual right to exercise all those choices,” says Perez.
A Colorado State Association of Letter Carrier’s official, Kelli Robles, echoes those sentiments. She says people delivering your mail don’t care if you’re voting Democrat or Republican. They just work to deliver your ballots safely. “Our job is to pick it up and get it to where it needs to be,” says Robles.