Aug 2, 2010 12:05 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado wants waiver for military ballots

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher is asking the federal government for a waiver of the 45-day rule to mail ballots to military servicemen overseas for the November election.

Spokesman Rich Coolidge says the ballots will still be mailed, but some soldiers might not have enough time to mail them back, even though the state will give them an extra seven days after the election.

He says they can also send them by e-mail or fax.

Coolidge is blaming late primaries and petition deadlines.

State Rep. Scott Tipton says that is unacceptable. He says ballots for all soldiers should count and the state should protect the privacy of their vote.


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