25 October 2008

Denver Elections trying to find location of 11,000 mail ballots

Rocky Mountain News - October 25, 2008

Denver elections officials are trying to determine what happened to more than 11,000 mail ballots that are unaccounted for.

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday afternoon that its Denver mail processing facility received 10,364 ballots on Oct. 16 and delivered them within a couple of days.

But the California printing company hired by Denver Elections said it delivered 21,450 ballots to the postal facility on that date.

The discrepancy has prompted Denver Elections Director Michael Scarpello to ask Sequoia Voting Systems to give him paperwork to prove that the Porterville, Calif.-based company shipped the ballots.

"Certainly, we're concerned and we're wanting to get to the bottom of it," Scarpello said Friday night. "I don't think we've seen overwhelming evidence to prove one theory or the other.


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