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​What happens if your ballot is rejected because of your signature?

Author: 9News - November 5, 2018 - Updated: November 5, 2018

Election judge Richard Bettinger helps organize primary election ballots for counting as they arrive at the Denver Elections Division headquarters early Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

When Antonio Chavez checked the status of his mail-in ballot, he was surprised to see Boulder County had rejected it.

When he called, they told him it was because of a signature discrepancy.

In every Colorado county, there’s a bipartisan group that checks every signature on every ballot and compares it against the most recent official signature on file with that voter. If the group agrees the signatures look different, they’ll reject your ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office said this only happens to about 1 percent of voters, but Antonio Chavez in Longmont was one of them.

The 32-year-old said his signature has changed a lot over the years, but because he renews his license online, his 18-year-old signature is still the one on his license. He never thought that would cause problems with his ballot.

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