Governor Ritter Changes Mind on Using Paper Ballots

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AP_ Governor Ritter is backing off a plan to switch to paper ballot elections this year, opening up the possibility that many Colorado voters could cast ballots on the state's once-discredited voting machines this year.

Ritter's decision comes in the face of opposition from many county clerks and Secretary of State Mike Coffman. Ritter Spokesman Evan Dreyer says another factor was that Coffman has now recertified the electronic voting machines.

In any case, most of the nearly $11 million pledged for paper ballot elections dried up this week as lawmakers finalized their budget proposal.

The appropriations committee was expected to consider the paper
ballot proposal Thursday.