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Uh-oh, technical glitch baffles Denver voters

1:18 PM, Jul 22, 2010   |    comments
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That "hiccup" sent emails to approximately 170 voters telling them that their completed ballots had already been received by the Post Office despite the fact that those voters had yet to receive the actual ballots personally.

Denver Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O'Malley said the problem with the Ballot TRACE system will not impact the integrity of the election in any way however. She said the system experienced a glitch that improperly sent the premature message to the voters, and added that as of Thursday morning the problem had been corrected. The 170 or so voters who received the message, she said, have now been told that there was an error.

The new program allows voters to trace the progress of their mail ballots for the upcoming primary election. It was designed to alleviate the fears of some voters that their mail ballots might not make it to the Elections Division in time and thus not be counted. So far approximately 210 voters have signed up for the program.

One viewer told 9NEWS that the premature notice from the TRACE system was disconcerting to say the least. "Instead of being mollified, I'm horrified," he wrote.

O'Malley said she still has complete faith in the program despite the error.

9NEWS will have an update on this story at 6pm. If you received the email from the TRACE system we would like to hear from you. Contact chris.vanderveen@9news.com

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