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’06 Ballot is better to take home

Those who don’t feel like standing in long lines at the polling places in the Nov. 7 general election are encouraged to send in an absentee ballot or take advantage of early voting.”The fact is, this is one of the biggest ballots we’ve seen in a long time,” said Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf. “There’s so many things on it.”The advantage of applying for an absentee ballot is that it allows the voter to sit down with the “blue book” – an analysis of the 2006 ballot proposals, which outlines pro and con statements on the seven proposed state amendments and seven resolutions.”(With an absentee ballot), you can sit down and look at it,” Alsdorf said.A flyer outlining local ballot questions has already been sent out to registered voters.To get an absentee ballot, registered voters must fill out an application that can be picked up at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs or the County Human Services building in Rifle. Applications may also be downloaded from the county’s Web site at http://www.garfield-county.com. From there, go to county departments, clerk and recorder, and elections and voter registration.The applications may then be mailed, dropped off or faxed. All applications must include the voter’s name, birth date, the address where the voter isregistered, the address to where the ballot should be mailed and at least the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number. A signature is also required.Voters may only pick up his or her own absentee ballot application. Those who want their absentee ballots mailed to them must apply by Oct. 31. Absentee ballots may be picked up at the Garfield County Courthouse only until Nov. 3. All absentee ballots must be received at either the Glenwood Springs or Rifle locations by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.Those who would rather participate in early voting can do so between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3. Early voting polling places will be at the courthouse in Glenwood or the Human Services building in Rifle from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.Designated polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.The address for the Garfield County Courthouse is 109 8th Street, Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. The County Human Services Building is 195 West 14th Street, Rifle, CO 81650. Applications may be faxed to 970-947-1078. For more information, contact the clerk and recorder’s office at 945-2377, ext. 1820.Early Voting: Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood and the Human resources Building in Rifle

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