Denver clerk and recorder Stephanie O'Malley's announcement that the November 3 election in Denver will be conducted entirely by mail didn't prompt rioting in the streets, protests from political heavyweights or much more than a shrug from the populace at large, and for good reason. Off-year elections like the one in 2009 traditionally register a low turnout, yet the city must spend big bucks to set up and maintain polling stations anyhow. Using the mail-in method will reportedly save as much as $125,000, and while that's a relatively paltry amount compared to Denver's budget as a whole, it could mean that two or three city employees who might otherwise be laid off will get to keep their jobs. That's one reason to give this move the stamp of approval -- and if everything goes smoothly (which it probably will, since no electronic voting machines will be involved), expect the feat to be repeated in 2011... and 2013... and 2015....
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.