Clerk hoping for 50 percent voter turnout
Garfield County’s top election official is hopeful that the election, which ends today, will draw close to a 50 percent turnout of county voters.County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said early returns of mail-in ballots placed the turnout at 41 percent by mid-day on Monday.”There’s usually a lot of people who drop their ballots off on Election Day itself,” she said.As of Monday, the clerk’s office had received more than 8,700 ballots back from voters, after sending out more than 21,000 ballots for the mail-in election.”I would be overjoyed if it came to 50 percent,” Alberico said. Off-year elections such as this typically do not generate high voter numbers, she said.She expected the number of ballots turned in will rise significantly by 7 p.m. today, the deadline for ballots to be received.She credits the mill levy override questions for Garfield No. 16, Garfield Re-2 and the Roaring Fork School Districts, as well as the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, for generating high voter turnout.Voters will also decide on school board candidates, Colorado Mountain College trustees, and a statewide sales and income tax increase for education funding.Completed ballots may be dropped today at town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., she said, or at offices of the county clerk in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, which will both be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.Voters should not place their ballots in the mail today, as they will not be received by today’s 7 p.m. deadline. Only those ballots physically received by the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. today will be counted.Registered voters who have not received a mail-in ballot can still go to the clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle today to receive a ballot and vote.Voting booths are set up at the clerk’s offices at the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Room 200, in Glenwood Springs, and at the clerk’s office at 144 E. Third St. in Rifle for those voters who prefer bringing in their ballot to vote in firstname.lastname@example.org
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