Garfield County Clerk encourages mail-in ballots |

Garfield County Clerk encourages mail-in ballots

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico encourages voters to vote early or use the mail-in ballots in the Nov. 4 elections.”We are aware that there will be a high turnout for the election,” Alberico said. “I’m still encouraging people to request mail-in ballots.”Alberico said that she has nearly doubled the judging staff at each location from the last presidential election when Mildred Alsdorf was the county clerk. But she still expects there to be bottlenecks getting people into the voting stations.In particular, being a combined polling place election, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs have only one location with several precincts and polling places represented at each. Carbondale Town Hall will have two polling places covering precincts 1-4. The Glenwood Springs Community Center will have three polling places covering eight precincts.In all, there are 10 polling places throughout Garfield County that cover 27 precincts. Instead of having a polling place at each precinct, Alberico said that Alsdorf opted to go with the combined polling places in the 2006 elections in part to comply with the Help America Voter Act. The combined polling places are not called super precincts.

Mail-in ballots are still available and can be requested until Oct. 28, and voters can have one mailed to them. Or mail-in ballots can be picked up in person by 4:30 p.m. in Rifle or 5 p.m. in Glenwood Springs by Oct. 31. All ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day either by mail or in person at the clerk’s office in Glenwood Springs, or at the Rifle Annex. Both offices will be open Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Ballots can also be dropped off at Carbondale Town Hall, New Castle Town Hall, Silt Town Hall and Parachute Town Hall, during business hours before Election Day.Alberico encourages as many voters as possible to vote that way.The Garfield County Clerk’s Office sent out 10,000 mail-in ballots Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11. Alberico said that all voters who requested a mail-in ballot should have one by Oct. 17. There was a delay in getting the ballots mailed out, Alberico said, due to a printing press malfunction.”It wouldn’t be an election without hiccups,” Alberico said. “You just have to get through them.”

Early voting is from Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 31, at two locations in Garfield County. Voters countywide can go to the Glenwood Springs Courthouse room 101C, or the Human Services Building on 14th Street in Rifle to vote early.Voters must bring with them a form of photo identification, which can be anything from a valid Colorado driver’s license to a certified documentation of naturalization. For a complete list of accepted identification, or any further information on voting procedures, polling places or mail-in ballots, visit and click on the 2008 General Election News link at the bottom of the page.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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