Denver Elections anticipates such a busy election, it went out and found new places for people to cast their ballot.
A release from Denver Elections on Tuesday said it will move operations from its main office vote center, on 14th Avenue, down a block to the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park “so that the entire Denver Elections building can be utilized for ballot processing.” The move was prompted as the office anticipates high voter turnout and because this year’s ballot includes three double-sided cards. The McNichols offices, at 144 W. Colfax Ave., will open Oct. 12.
It’s the latest change announced by the office, which said earlier this month that all Denver ballots were getting a first-class upgrade.
The city will have six more voting centers than in 2018, bringing the total to 36. They include the Pepsi Center, which will be used as a voting center for the first time ever and will open on Oct. 30. The voting centers allow people to vote in person or drop their ballots. Most voters in Denver use the city’s 38 drop boxes to cast their ballots, a contactless option City Clerk and Recorder Paul López encouraged in the release.
Several schools will also be used as voting centers. They include: Abraham Lincoln High School, East High School, George Washington High School, Hamilton Middle School (the Montbello Campus), Morey Middle School and South High School.
The release said a change to state law discouraging voting at police stations not housed in multipurpose buildings means the Denver police’s District 3 station on University Boulevard won’t be used as a voting center. Its drop box will still be available.
Ballots will be mailed out in Denver to active voters starting on Oct. 9.