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Some Colorado voters concerned about rejected mail in ballots

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 13:24:07-05

LITTLETON, Colo.,- Colorado has very high early voting numbers, but Denver7 is hearing from some who are concerned that mail in or drop off ballots were rejected.

Jenny DiPentino is one of them.

She said she thought her mail in ballot process was going well, until she noticed on GoVoteColorado.com Tuesday morning that her ballot had been rejected.

“I asked to see the picture of my signature and it was the picture from when i was in high school of my signature and it’s been 20 years since I’ve been in high school so you know, that stuff changes,” said DiPentino.

DiPentino’s signature didn't match what election judges had on file and we found a lot of others sounding off on social media and writing Denver7 who had the same problem.

The Secretary of State Wayne Williams said it’s not an uncommon problem and it’s one that has even hit his family.

“There’s nothing to be alarmed by this, my daughter got one of those letters from me when i was clerk, she got her driver’s license, she carefully spelled out her entire name, by the time she was a college student it was a scrawl, so the clerk sent her a letter saying ‘hey, this doesn’t match’ i reviewed it, commended my judges for telling her that and then she had the chance to correct it,” said Williams.”

State election officials say there are two primary reasons your mail in or drop off ballot would be rejected.

The first, your ballot doesn’t have a signature at all. Second, the signature on your ballot doesn't closely resemble what is on file with your voter registration.

Williams said election officials will notify you if there is a problem and in order to fix it, you simply go in and fill out a form proving it’s you who signed the ballot within eight days of the election.

But the ballot rejection has some like DiPentino considering a different method of voting in the future.

“I think it made me think more about not doing that approach anymore, maybe I'll take more time to find a sitter to go actually vote at the poll instead of sending it in like that," said DiPentino.

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