Been there, done that: Some votes already in |

Been there, done that: Some votes already in

Carrie Click
Staff Writer

And they’re off!

Early and absentee voting is off and running for the Nov. 5 general election.

According to Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf, 4,119 voters have requested an absentee/early voting ballot – 17 percent of the county’s 23,163 active voters.

Of those, 1,371 voters have returned their ballots back to the clerk’s office.

Active voters have cast a ballot in at least one of the last two elections, she said. The county has a total of 26,194 registered voters.

Alsdorf said she will start counting early and absentee ballots on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 4, but won’t produce a vote tally until after 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Alsdorf said of the votes submitted as of Tuesday, 1,725 are from registered Democrats and 1,640 are from registered Republicans. Unaffiliated voters have submitted 744 ballots. Four Libertarians and seven Green Party members also voted using the absentee/early voting system.

Voters have until this Friday, Nov. 1, to vote absentee, but Tuesday was the last day to request a ballot through the mail.

For those still interested in voting early, Alsdorf said registered voters need to appear in person at the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St, Glenwood Springs, Room 302.

Early and absentee voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Rifle courthouse annex, 144 E. Third St.

Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson issued a press release on Tuesday regarding change of address for both early voters and those voting on Election Day. Voters who moved before the voter registration deadline, Oct. 7, may appear at the county clerk’s office and sign an emergency voter registration form.

Voters who moved within their county after the Oct. 7 deadline may vote in their old precinct and fill out a change of address form.

Garfield County voters who need to register a change of address can do so in Room 200 in the courthouse. They can then cast their ballots upstairs at the courthouse.

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