Garfield County ballots in the mail
October 17, 2016
Garfield County Voter Service and Polling Centers
Garfield County Clerk’s Offices
• Garfield County Courthouse
109 Eighth St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs
• County Administration Building
195 W. 14th St., Building D, Rifle
ballot drop-off sites
• Courthouse, east entrance
• Eighth Street, Glenwood Springs (available 24 hours a day)
• Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.
• New Castle Town Hall, 450 W. Main St.
• Silt Town Hall, 231 N. Seventh St.
• Parachute Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way
Voters should keep an eye on the mailbox this week for their ballots to be cast in the Nov. 8 general election.
Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said 29,500 ballots were mailed Monday to county voters who were already registered before late September.
Another 1,100 ballots were to be sent today to newly registered voters and those who have recently changed their address or other voter information.
Any voter who has not received a ballot in the mail by next Monday should contact the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder's Office, or visit GoVoteColorado.com to double check their voter status.
All ballots include the races for president, U.S. Senate, Congressional District 3, plus state and local races.
Town-specific ballots are being distributed in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute where several municipal questions are being decided. Carbondale also has a three-way race for mayor.
"Most people should see their ballot in the mail by Wednesday or Thursday, but give it about a week," Alberico said. "If you don't have a ballot by next Monday and are registered, you should contact us."
Oct. 31 is the last day for anyone registering between now and then to receive a ballot by mail. Starting Oct. 24, voters can go to one of the designated voter service centers in Glenwood Springs and Rifle to obtain a ballot. Additional voter service centers will be set up on Election Day.
Those who already have a completed ballot can begin dropping them off this week at ballot drop-off sites located in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute.
Ballots can also be dropped anytime at one of the 24/7 drop boxes located outside the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs, and at the new county administration building in Rifle, 195 W. 14th St. Building D.
Those who decide to mail their ballots back in should know that it takes 47 cents postage, Alberico said.
"If you drop it off by hand you don't have to put a stamp on it," she said.
Voter registration is up in Garfield County as it is across the state for this year's election. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office recently reported that 87 percent of eligible voters in the state are now registered, and Alberico said registration is up by about 2,000 voters in Garfield County compared to the last general election.
Since Garfield County moved to an all-mail-ballot election three years ago, roughly 35 to 40 percent of voters have still waited until Election Day to cast their ballots, Alberico said.
"We expect it will be at least that this year, or a little bit higher," she said.
Not only are voters facing one of the more contentious presidential elections in recent memory, there are also a large number of statewide ballot questions that require a fair amount of research and thought.
The Colorado 2016 election blue book explaining each of the ballot questions and providing pros and cons, was mailed to all registered voters in the state in September.
In addition to the ballots that are being mailed to registered voters currently residing in Garfield County, Alberico said another 170 are being mailed to military service members and others who are temporarily living and working elsewhere or serving overseas.