I’m planning to drop my 2022 ballot in the nearest (1.5 miles) collection box tomorrow, after spending a few hours this weekend marking and double checking it. My bluebook looks like something from the night before an exam, full of notes, circles, and crossed-out names (the latter being all the Republicans.) If you happen to be a moderate Republican, I might owe you an apology, but we have some real wingnuts running in Colorado and I’m staying as far away as possible from any name with an R after it.
Above is the envelope containing my ballot, before I opened it. So nice to have it mailed to me for each election, even though I do have to retrieve it from my locked mailbox at the top of the block. (This is one of the very few worthwhile items appearing in that box.)
Below is this year’s bluebook, delivered several weeks ago. This “little” gem, compiled by the Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly, is 8.5″ x 11″, and the English half is 83 pages. Flip it over for 87 pages of Spanish. It contains all the candidates for office, the full text of all the state questions (with the pros and cons of each), and all the judges hoping to retain their positions.
The interesting thing here is that the bluebook comes from the state, not from the League of Women Voters. I saw a lone news report some time ago saying it had been found that the LWV book did not contain unbiased pros and cons for state questions but instead, not-always-factual summaries written by advocates of those positions. Or something like that. Currently I can’t find any information about it but at the time I was surprised and saddened to hear anything negative about the work of the LWV.
In any case, I’ll be hitting the dropbox in the next day or two and I’ll be notified via email, usually within two days, when my ballot has been collected and counted.