Denver Elections wants your help choosing voting sites for May

The city hosts its municipal election in May, with a possible run-off in June.

Early morning at Denver Elections' downtown headquarters on voting day, Nov. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Early morning at Denver Elections' downtown headquarters on voting day, Nov. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver Elections wants to hear from residents on where in the city they should place Voter Service and Polling Centers (or VSPC) for the upcoming May municipal elections.

Denver Elections Spokesperson Alton Dillard said Tuesday this public input period gives them a chance to to hear from residents about potential sites and areas they may feel are not being covered by the current proposed VSPC sites. The city currently has seven proposed sites, though that number could potentially increase depending on what Denver Elections learns during the public input period. The feedback will also help determine possible sites for any June run-off elections.

Most people in Denver vote by returning their ballots to the city’s 24-hour drop boxes, which are located throughout the city. Returning your ballot that way will still be an option during the May elections, in addition to returning a ballot over mail or voting in person at VSPC sites.

Generally, municipal elections have lower turnouts than presidential or midterm elections, though Alton said his office believes all elections are important.

Alton said getting public input ahead of time gives them an opportunity to ensure proposed sites meet certain accessibility and technical requirements.

The elections office is hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Denver Elections Division office at 200 W. 14th Ave., Suite 100. The office will be accepting input on VSPC locations until Jan. 31.

You can submit comments or suggestions through email (send them to electionscomm@denvergov.org), by phone (dial 311), on Facebook (at Denver Elections), on Twitter (@DenverElections using hashtag #DenverVotes2019), or by delivering written comments to their offices at 200 W. 14th Ave.

Denver’s municipal elections take place May 7. The run-off election takes place June 4.

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