Clerk set to mail 21,000 ‘active-voter’ ballots Tuesday
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Nov. 1 election is a mail-only process this year, and Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico said she will be dropping about 21,000 ballots in the mail on Tuesday to registered, active voters throughout the county.
There will be no polling places on Election Day or ahead of time for early voting. Instead, voters must return their ballots by mail or drop them off at either of the county clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle.
Those who wait to vote until Oct. 27 or later are advised to hand-deliver their ballots. Ballots placed in the mail that arrive after Nov. 1 can’t be counted, she said.
Alberico said she is not mailing ballots to the 11,849 voters on the county’s rolls who are classified as inactive.
Of the total inactive voter list, Alberico said 4,950 are voters who are registered but did not cast a vote in the most recent countywide election, held in November 2009.
The remaining 6,900 or so inactive voters, she said, are those to whom the clerk’s office has sent information, only to have it returned as undeliverable, most often because the recipient has moved.
Any of these inactive voters are still eligible to vote. They can do so by reactivating their registration and requesting a ballot through the clerk’s office or online via the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, no later than Tuesday, Oct. 25.
After Oct. 25 and up to and including Election Day, voters can still update their registration information online. But they will have to come to the clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle to pick up their ballot.
The clerk’s offices are at the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, 384-3700, ext. 2, and at 144 E. Third St. in Rifle, 625-0882.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The Secretary of State’s voter registration website is http://www.govotecolorado.com. Under the “View” section, click on “Registration status” and then proceed to “Verify/Update Record.”
Those with questions or needing further information about the election can call 384-3700, ext. 2, to talk with the clerk’s election staff.
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