A few weeks ago I wrote about being a registered Unaffiliated voter in Colorado and how I receive both the Democratic and Republican primary ballots. I briefly considered the possibility of voting the GOP ballot and trying to throw a wrench into their Senate race. But only briefly. I think my fingers would burst into flame if I tried to vote Republican.
Furthermore, there was a contested race (one of only two) on the Dem ballot that I felt I had to vote in. The county sheriff race has two contenders and in researching them both I was reminded that the incumbent is a real yahoo who actually fired the man running against him. Anyway, I marked my ballot for the challenger and sealed it in the signed and dated return envelope. (The signature, I learned, not only identifies me but also gives election officials a picture of my latest handwriting/signature, which can change over time.)
(Yes, I tore up the unused GOP ballot.)
At that point we voters have several options. We can deliver the ballot directly to county election officials, put a stamp on it and trust the Post Office, or drop it in the closest ballot collection box where ballots are picked up by election officials. Time was not a factor because Election Day is June 28, but I still think there are too many hands involved if one resorts to the Post Office. So last week I drove up to the drop box in a nearby shopping center and without having to leave the car, dropped my ballot into the slot. Voting complete.
Less than 24 hours later I got both a text and an email telling me my ballot had been received and I would be notified when it was certified and counted. Included was the URL of the online website where I can check the status of my ballot at any time.
And that is how we vote in Colorado.
Note, June 20: Today I got both a text and an email confirming that my vote has been counted.