Ballots slow to come in from Garfield County voters
Ryan Summerlin November 5, 2013
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Mail ballots for the Nov. 5 election in Garfield County are a little slower to be returned with seven days left before the deadline than County Clerk Jean Alberico said she had anticipated.
As of Tuesday, about 5,000 registered voters in the county had completed and returned their ballots, Alberico said.
That’s roughly 17.5 percent of the voters, based on the 28,500 ballots that were mailed to active registered voters in the county on Oct. 15.
“That’s not great, I was hoping for more by now,” Alberico said. “We normally see a big bunch come in at the end, so there’s still time.”
What there’s not much time to do at this point, though, is send ballots in by mail. Anyone intending to do so should have them postmarked no later than Thursday, Alberico said.
A safer bet, she said, is to drop ballots off at one of the many drop-off sites located throughout the county, including town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute. In addition to regular weekday business hours, those locations will also have special Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An all-hours ballot drop box is also located outside the Garfield County Courthouse on the Eighth Street side, between now and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Ballots for this election, which includes two statewide tax questions, several local tax questions and contested races for Colorado Mountain College trustee and Garfield Re-2 school board seats, must be received at a drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.
Alberico also said that more than 2,000 ballots were also returned to the Garfield County Clerk’s Office as undeliverable based on the address on file for those voters. Ballots cannot be forwarded by law, she said.
Any voters who have not received a ballot and would like one can stop by any of the designated Voter Service Centers to obtain a ballot, change their address and receive a ballot, register to vote and receive a ballot, vote on an accessible electronic voting machine, or get a replacement ballot.
They are located at the County Clerk’s office in Glenwood Springs, the County Clerk’s Annex in Rifle, and the Early Voting Service Center at the Department of Human Services Office, 195 W. 14th St. in Rifle.
Voter Service Centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 4; plus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
On Election Day, additional Voter Service Centers will be available at Carbondale Town Hall, the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Garfield County branch libraries in New Castle, Silt and Parachute. Voters may obtain ballots and drop-off ballots at all these sites from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.