The voter signature provided on each ballot return envelope is compared to the signature on file in Colorado’s statewide voter registration database to confirm that each voter has returned only one ballot and that the voter identification is valid.
If a signature cannot be verified, a team of election judges representing different political affiliations compares it to additional signatures on file for that voter from a previous voter registration form, ballot return envelope, or Colorado Driver’s License.
If the signature still cannot be verified, or if the ballot return envelope has a missing signature or an ID Required voter has failed to provide a copy of acceptable identification with their returned ballot, the voter will be contacted by mail (and email address if it has been provided) by Douglas County Elections to “cure” their ballot.
Voters have until eight days after election day to address (“cure”) any issues with their ballot in order to make sure their votes are counted. If the voter does not respond to the request to cure their ballot by the deadline, the ballot is rejected. Based on data from previous Douglas County elections, approximately 1% of returned ballots must be cured.