Be prepared for Election Day |

Be prepared for Election Day

Carrie Click

With the general election less than six weeks away, the Garfield County clerk’s office is gearing up for a large voter turnout.If the primary election is any indication, the county clerk’s office will be busy. More than 4,500 people in Garfield County voted in the August primary, up from just 850 who voted during the 2000 primary election. As of July 12, Garfield County had nearly 28,000 registered voters. Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf says all registered, active voters should have received voter information cards through the U.S. Postal Service by now. “If you do not receive a card by Monday, Sept. 27, please contact us,” said Alsdorf. The cards were sent on Sept. 16 and tell voters which polling place to go to on Nov. 2 to vote. Alsdorf said if voters find any errors in their cards, they should contact her office immediately since all registration information on the cards will be used for all future elections.As with the primary elections, according to the “Help America Vote Act” of 2002 proof of identity is required in order to vote at polling places on the day of this year’s election. The voter information card is not considered a valid form of ID, though the following forms are: Colorado driver’s license, U.S. passport, certified birth certificate, copy of a utility bill, bank statement, and a Medicare or Medicaid card. During August’s primary election, many voters were confused about what form of identification is required to cast a ballot. Voters are urged to contact the clerk’s office with questions (see box).Voters interested in absentee voting – i.e., voting by mail – can request a ballot by mail by submitting a request in writing by mail or fax to the Garfield County Clerk & Recorder (see box). Voters need to include name, birth date, residence address and address where the ballot should be mailed (if different). A voter’s signature is required for absentee ballots, so those requests may only be made in person, by mail or by fax (no e-mail). Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.comNeed to contact the clerk?For questions regarding the election, including voter card corrections:• call 945-2377, ext. 2• e-mail• fax 945-1078• mail to Garfield County Clerk & Recorder, 109 8th St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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