Strangers try to collect fracking ballots Loveland voters, City Clerk warns

LOVELAND, Colo. - The Loveland city clerk is warning of people going door-to-door trying to collect ballots for the election that will decide if the city will put a two-year moratorium on fracking.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 voters had made reports to the City Clerk's office.

Clerk Terry Andrews said some voters have reported that the person requesting their ballot wore a badge and claimed to work for the city.

"In some instances (the person at the door) even further inquired, 'How did you vote?'" said Andrews. "And we've had one particular instance where the person at the door even offered to fill out the ballot for the person."

7NEWS found two people who reported the strange visit, both living on Dotsero Avenue.

"A woman came to the door and she said, 'We're collecting the ballots so you don’t have to take them in,' or something like that," said Larry Turner.  "You can get a gut feeling when something's off and that’s how I felt."

Turner had already mailed his ballot, and a neighbor down the street told 7NEWS she pretended to have mailed hers so the woman would leave.

Andrews said no one who's made a report has given up a ballot. She said reports have varied about the "ballot collectors," with people giving different descriptions of at least two men and one woman. There is no indication of the suspects' stance on the contentious fracking issue.

The Clerk's office is looking into whether election crimes are taking place, as it is not illegal to drop off someone else's ballot for them.

The City does not employ anyone to collect ballots, and ballots are supposed to be returned in person to the City Clerk's office on the main floor of the Municipal Building at 500 E. Third St., or mailed to the City Clerk via P.O. Box 1416, Loveland 80539-1416.

Any voters approached by someone who claims to be acting on the City’s behalf should call the Loveland Police Department’s non-emergency line at 970-667-2151.

For information about the current election, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 970-962-2322.

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