(COLORADO SPRINGS) — If a Colorado voter receives a signature discrepancy or ID deficiency, they can easily “cure” their ballot with a simple text.

TXT2Cure, which was first implemented statewide by Secretary Griswold in 2020, is designed to reduce the number of ballots rejected due to missing or discrepant signatures and is especially geared for younger voters who statistically have more ballots with signature discrepancies.

Under Colorado law, if both members of a bipartisan team of election judges agree that the signature on the ballot does not match the signature in the voter’s file, they cannot accept the ballot for counting. The ballot envelope is not opened, and the enclosed ballot is not counted until the discrepancy is resolved. County clerks must notify a voter within three days of discovering the discrepancy, but in no event later than two days after Election Day.

“Colorado has had more than 16,000 ballots cured using the TXT2Cure program since 2020, votes that otherwise may not have been counted,” said Secretary Griswold. “Colorado elections are the nation’s gold standard because of innovations like TXT2Cure which ensure all voters are able to participate in accessible elections.”

Under the program, if a voter is notified of a signature discrepancy, all they have to do is text the word Colorado to 2VOTE (28683) and click on the link they receive as a reply. They will then enter their voter ID number printed on the rejection notice they receive from their county election office, affirm they returned a ballot for the election, sign the affidavit on their phone, take a photo of an acceptable form of ID, and select “Submit”.

The voter’s information is then electronically transmitted to their county clerk for processing during business hours. Voters completing these steps before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on November 16th, can help ensure their ballot will be counted.

Any voter who has a signature discrepancy or ID deficiency is notified by their county clerk via U.S. mail, as well as email if the voter has one on file. That notification includes an affidavit with instructions on how they can return the signed paper affidavit with a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID to their county election office. The affidavit also contains instructions for voters to use the TXT2Cure system, if they instead prefer to use their smart phones to submit the information necessary to ensure their ballots are counted.