Crews process ballots in Douglas County

Election judges are in pairs of dissimilar party affiliations

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In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Douglas County election judges worked to prepare ballots for counting.

Inside the Douglas County elections building in Castle Rock, the judges worked in pairs, with each volunteer from a dissimilar party, opening the ballots. Judges were required to wear face masks and sit at tables with a clear partition between them in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Judges worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the week leading up to the election with plans to work over the weekend and through midnight on Election Night.

Ballots can be fully processed, including signature verification, opening and scanning, all before election night in Colorado. At 7 p.m. Nov. 3, the county is able to run the program in their system that actually tabulates the votes and provides preliminary results.

A few weeks before the election, turnout in the county appeared to be higher than at the same period in 2016, according to Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz.

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