The 2010 Primary Election was designated by the Boulder County Clerk as a Mail-In Ballot Only Election. Mail-In Ballots are frequently heralded as providing "cost savings" compared with paying Election Judges (and other associated costs) to preside over the Precinct Polling Places.

But Mail-In Ballots ("MIB") are not really such a bargain...

Postage on outbound MIBs from Boulder County in 2009 was $0.91 each, even at "non-profit permit mail" rates (Source: Jessie Cornelius, Communications Specialist, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder). Postage went up again in 2010, and added to the expense for postage are the printing costs for instruction sheets, special security folders, and custom cut window/tab envelopes for the MIBs. But wait! There's more!

Mail-In Ballots also require "paid volunteers" to collate, fold, insert, and seal the MIBs on the way out. More "paid volunteers" (I was one myself in 2008) are needed to receive, open, unfold, collate, and stack MIBs when they are receieved from the US Post Office. Would you say I would be telling a really big lie to assert that
each Mail-In Ballot costs at least $2.00 ??

FACT: The cost for setting up Boulder County Precinct voting locations (aka polling places) during the 2008 primary election was $173,386 (figures for 2010 not available). Democrat incumbent Clerk, Hillary Hall, claimed 'the county would save $165 thousand dollars' on a Mail-In-Only primary for 2010 but offered no substantiating evidence. She made this assertion during a March 2010 meeting in which the three Boulder County Commissioners (all Democrats) voted for a Mail-In-Only primary for 2010 in spite of strenuous opposition by citizens and watchdog groups. Source.

For any actual "saving" to occur from the 2010 Mail-In-Only primary, each of the 111,000 mail-in ballots sent out would have had to cost (including printing, postage, and labor) no more than $1.50 each.

MIBs LOST: Another $140,000 in Boulder County Tax Dollars down the drain!

111,139 2010 Primary Mail-In ballots sent out
(Dem=74,197 Rep=36,078 Lib=864.
 48,191 Mail-In Ballots voted and returned, about 43%.
  7,700 Ballots Returned undeliverable, about 7%
 62,948 Live Mail-In Ballots missing, about 57%

Remember, Mail-In-Ballots for Primary Elections are only sent out to members of the Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian parties. In Boulder County there are about 84,000 additional voters who are registered as Unaffiliated, Green, etc. Such voters can not vote at all (MIB or otherwise) in the Primary elections.


Over 50% of MIBS sent out by the Clerk's office are never returned - remaining unaccounted for - after an election. About 7% are returned as undeliverable by the Post Office (bad address, no such person, etc).

The dirty little secret that the Democrat Commissioners and Clerk are hiding is that their precious "counting" machines and Mail-In-Ballots:

  • were still throwing errors in the August 2010 Primary election, and
  • are therefore still a serious security and accuracy risk.
    As a specific example, the house two doors down from my home has both the current and former owners as currently registered voters at the same address. I wonder if anyone voted on the extra Mail-In ballots that I know were sent to that address? Further, the increased likelihood of damage to Mail-In ballots increases the chance for Phantom Votes (machine-voted races) to be logged by automated systems due to folds and stains. I am an eye witness to this happening in the 2008 General Election in Boulder County - about 7,000 times that we know of. Makes one almost miss the "hanging chads" of the Florida election.

    Note that in November 20, 2009: The Boulder County Elections Division completed recount of 63,275 ballots for Boulder County Question 1D. The measure, which extends the term limits for the District Attorney to a maximum of three terms, passed by nine votes. Source.

    Raise your hand if you think that ZERO - not even one - Mail-In Ballot was fraudulently* voted in 2009.

    Raise your hand if you think that ZERO - not even one - of the "missing" 60,000-plus Mail-In Ballots was fraudulently* voted (i.e., among the 48,000 returned) in the August 2010 Primary Election.

    Didn't raise your hand? How many MIBs, then, do you think will be fraudulently* voted in the 2010 General Election?   10,  100,  1,000 ...more?

    * Here's how "fraudulently voted" can happen:

    1. Mail-In Ballots can be sent to voters who have moved or died. Other MIBs can be mailed to persons who are not US citizens, have moved out of Boulder County, who have been convicted of a felony, or are even in prision.
    2. MIBs are often sent to CU Students who may have also received and voted a Mail/Absentee Ballot from their home county in another state. High turnover in dorms and apartment buildings guarantee that some MIBs will fall into the hands of unregistered or other illegal voters. As for the MIBs that are voted, returned, and counted, one has to wonder how many were actually voted by someone other than their intended addressee.
    3. As a specific example, the house two doors down from my home has both the current and former owners as currently registered voters at that address. Someone could have voted on the extra Mail-In ballots. At least MIBs returned to the Clerk by the USPO as "undeliverable" are safe in that they have never been voted or counted.
    4. Massive, nationwide vote fraud is the among the most rotten fruit of ACORN-type activism. Read more at this Washington Examiner article. Be sure to watch the video it includes (thanks to truethevote.com).

    A few weeks ago I received these emails from frustrated Election Judges in two different Colorado counties:

    Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 09:56 AM

    Subject: Serious problem in [crackle] County

    "Can anyone tell me how your counties handle their election security? The problem here is the incumbent sheriff's employees and one or two of his family members transported the boxes. A rep from the SOS office was a witness to candidate [crackle] turning one of the boxes upside down, giving it a shake, and 8 ballots fell out.

    My concern is, the entire clerk's office is Democrat. The most disconcerting comment here is "Mail-in elections invite fraud." When ballots are mailed, they are out on counters and desks for two and three weeks, at homes or taken to offices. At clerks' offices, they require constant monitoring and transport. The longer ballots are out in the open, the more times they have to be handled, transported and moved, the greater the opportunity for tampering, for fraud." In this case, even at the clerk's office, they are left lying on desks and in spite of what anyone says, they are not closely monitored.

    Ballots are in homes? Out on counters? In offices? Maybe even in a car trunk????

    I doubt anything will be done about this here in [crackle] county, because as the sheriff said when interviewed, "We've done it this way for 20 years."

    Still, I plan to try to follow up before the November elections to see what they are doing about the problem. If anyone can give me advice on how these are handled in other counties, I might have some credible input. [Crackle] county is a big liberal community!

    Thanks for any advice you can give me."

    SENT: 8/12/2010 10:52 PM

    "I served as an election judge for Mail in Ballots one day last week. Having been a CPA financial auditor in a prior life, as I went through my judge’s duties, including checking signatures in the SCORE system, I contemplated one place after another where the controls are too weak and therefore just invite mischief.

    [Crackle] County mailed out ballots last November. During a few minutes at the Post Office, I picked up an arm full of discarded unopened, unwanted ballots tossed in the trash by the voters with P.O. Boxes. I was only a few steps away from one of our two grocery stores in Aspen. That store has everyone’s signature in town, between check copies and Credit Card receipts. Getting a file a local signatures would be rather easy. How simple it would be for hundreds of ballots to be pulled from trash, or rows of rural mailboxes, such as mine, and easily forge a signature that would never be detected. The forgery could be manual or through scanning and printing. Here in a small town where locals/voters buy their provisions in a few stores with everyone’s signatures on file, it’s just not much of a challenge to forge signatures.

    And as someone pointed out----the risk of getting caught is low and the rewards can be high, again in a small town where political favors are easily attained.

    [Crackle] County held a polling place election Tuesday, and the voters expressed a desire to keep voting at polling places."

    I am not advocating that Mail-In and Absentee Ballots (different names; same basic thing) should be banned. There is a definite use for these to serve the needs of the people.

    Any usage of Mail-In ballots beyond what is necessary to satisfy illness, shut-in, absentee, military, and very occasional convenience purposes represents both a security and accuracy risk. What I am saying is that there should not be any Mail-In-ONLY elections, such as in the 2010 Primary. Fortunately, Mail-In-ONLY voting for General Elections is still (for now) contrary to Colorado law.

    By the way, if you vote by paper ballot anywhere in Boulder County (either mail-in or at the polls) in the 2010 General Election, you are voting on an unconstitutional ballot!

  • See a survey on what you think about Mail-In Ballots (mid-2010) at these links: Part 1, and Part 2, and Part 3.

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