California Forward: Looking Outside California

July 8, 2016

Cleaning our lists is the number one thing we do," says Judd Choate, Colorado director of elections. One of the biggest long-term cost savings the state has implemented is investing up front to keep track of registered voter address changes. Using both the National Change of Address database and Electronic Registration Information Center, Colorado avoids costs associated with undeliverable ballots including printing, processing and staff time. Between 2010 and 2014, the state has cut their undeliverable mail rate by more than half. With more than 90 percent of votes being cast by mail, the savings is significant. More....