Garfield County voter registration deadline is Oct. 6 |

Garfield County voter registration deadline is Oct. 6

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Registration deadline for the Nov. 4 general election is only ten days away. And so far Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico has received a pretty good turnout of first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 22 for the upcoming presidential election with 1,905.

But that wasn’t the most surprising statistic for Alberico.

“I can tell you from experience that for the ’04 election, I was amazed by the amount of 40-year-old-plus first-time voters.”

Alberico didn’t have exact numbers of how many first-time voters were over 40, but it was enough for her to remember. As of Sept. 25, Garfield County had 23,500 registered voters, which was pretty similar to the amount in 2004 presidential election, according to Alberico.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general (presidential) election is Monday, Oct. 6, with emergency registrations or change of address after that day available at the County Clerk’s office at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs or the Rifle Annex.

The election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at multiple locations as this election is a combined polling place election.

For those still needing to register for this year’s election you can do so at any of the following locations: Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, Rifle Annex Office, Carbondale town clerk located in Carbondale Town Hall, New Castle town clerk located in New Castle Town Hall, Silt town clerk located in Silt Town Hall, and Parachute town clerk located in Parachute Town Hall. Registration can also be done at the Driver’s License Office in the Glenwood Springs Mall.

A voter registration form can be downloaded at under the 2008 general election news link on the home page.

Voting in this year’s election can also be done in three separate ways. Voters can either request a mail-in ballot but must do so by Tuesday, Oct. 28. Mail in ballots can be picked up also, no later than 4:30 p.m. in Rifle or 5 p.m. in Glenwood Springs, by Friday, Oct. 31. Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day.

Mail-in ballots can be dropped off in person at the Garfield County Clerk’s Office in Glenwood, Suite 200, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at a designated drop-off at the east entrance of the building, prior to the election day.

Ballots can also be dropped off at the Rifle Annex prior to election day Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As well, each municipality will also accept ballots at their respective town halls during regular business hours.

An option for early voting will be available at both the Glenwood Springs Courthouse, or at the Human Services Building in Rifle. Early voting begins on Monday, Oct. 20, and ends on Friday, Oct. 31. Voters are required to bring one form of valid identification.

Alberico is encouraging that people request a mail-in ballot for the election because of the amount of issues on this year’s ballot.

“This ballot is huge,” Alberico said.

For more information contact the Garfield County Clerk’s Office at 945-2377, ext. 1770.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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