Posted: Oct 7, 2011 6:04 PM by David Ortiviz
Updated: Oct 7, 2011 6:09 PM
A judge has denied the Colorado secretary of state's request for an injunction to block the city of Denver from mailing ballots to inactive voters. The ruling opens the door for the Pueblo County Clerk to send ballots to inactive voters as well.
Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz says his office sent out 70 ballots to inactive voters in the military shortly after the ruling. Ortiz says his office will send an additional 17,000 ballots to inactive voters in Pueblo County, along with all active voters.
"It's a victory for Pueblo County voters," said Ortiz. "I give all credit to Denver County Clerk Debra Johnson for staying with this fight all the way through," he added.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler argued in a lawsuit filed last month that Denver's clerk and recorder's office would be violating state law if it mailed ballots to inactive voters. Voters are considered inactive if they didn't cast ballots in the 2010 general election and didn't respond to requests to activate their registrations.