Door To Door Ballot Collections

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What would you do if a stranger asked to turn in your ballot for you? It's happening in some Colorado Springs neighborhoods. 11 News asked about the process after one viewer told us she was worried about it.

Just a few days ago, two people asked Mary Zapata if they could take her mail-in ballot and drop it off for her and her husband. Zapata has lived in the neighborhood on the west side of Colorado Springs for nearly 15 years. She said this is the first time, in any election, that a person has come to her door asking for her ballot.

"[The two men] said they worked downtown and they would be more than happy [to drop them off]. They were volunteering their time to take our mail-in ballots and stuff. With everything going on, no,” Zapata said. “No I don't advise it, I wouldn't do it, no way."

Zapata and her husband missed the deadline to mail their ballots in, but not to drop them off. She didn't know who these two were representing, but didn't trust them.

"That's personal, it's too personal. No, I wouldn't trust somebody I don't know to take my ballot in," Zapata said.

We checked with the Pueblo and El Paso County clerk and recorder offices, asking if they are the ones going door-to-door in neighborhoods to collect ballots. They told us their employees are not allowed to.

However, it is legal for other people to get your ballot and drop if off for you, but the question is, would you trust a stranger with your vote?

We called the Obama and Romney campaigns. Obama's spokesperson told us they do have volunteers going door-to-door across the state helping people turn their ballot in. A spokesperson for the Romney campaign told us they would have to get back with us.

Curbside ballot drop offs open up tomorrow. Here are locations for Colorado Springs:

Citizens Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods

Centennial Hall
200 S. Cascade

Southeast Powers
Corner Powers Blvd and Airport Road

North Union Tower Center
8830 N. Union Blvd

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