Denver, CO—U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper released the following statement on the MLB All-Star Game moving to Coors Field in Denver this July:
“Colorado set the gold standard for making elections fair, secure, and accessible, and the MLB recognized these efforts by moving the 2021 All-Star game to Denver. Our democracy is always strengthened when more people vote. As President Reagan said, ‘The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties and we will not see its luster diminished.’”
As governor, Hickenlooper helped Colorado become the third state in the country to implement universal vote-by-mail, an effort that enjoyed bipartisan support. Every eligible Colorado voter receives a ballot in the mail roughly three weeks before Election Day and returns the ballot by either mailing it in or depositing it at one of hundreds of drop-off locations around the state. Voters can also register through Election Day, and vote in person.
Since moving to universal vote-by-mail, Colorado has been named one of the safest states to vote in the nation and ranks among the highest in voter turnout. The shift to vote-by-mail caused turnout to rise among all voters in Colorado by about 9 percentage points, with a significant uptick in turnout among historically disenfranchised groups, such as voters of color and young voters. In both the 2020 and 2018 elections, Colorado’s turnout rate was second in the country.