Half could opt for absentee, early voting
Voting at the polls on Election Day may be a tradition for many. But it looks as if more than a third of registered Garfield County voters will end up casting their ballots a different way this fall.County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf said Friday that it appears that more than 11,000 voters will end up having chosen to either vote early or via an absentee ballot. Those voters may become part of a record turnout in Garfield County. Alsdorf expects as many as 75 percent of the county’s 29,220 registered voters to vote. She said she thinks the county’s record voter turnout is about 62 percent.If Alsdorf’s projections prove accurate, that would mean that about half of those who end up voting will have done so either early, or by absentee ballot.Early, in-person voting concluded Friday. Alsdorf said that as of about mid-week, 1,682 people had voted early. Early voting activity continued to remain heavy through Friday’s deadline.”People are really coming in and voting today,” Alsdorf said Friday.At last count, 7,518 absentee ballots had been taken out, and probably at least 4,000 of those had been returned, Alsdorf said.Voters were allowed to request absentee ballots through Friday.Alsdorf said the number of people voting early or by absentee ballot is close to what she had hoped to see. She had expected the total to top 10,000, which was about how many voters exercised those options in the 2000 election.Those returning absentee ballots should make sure they have signed them, Alsdorf said. Those ballots will not be accepted at polling places. They will be taken through 7 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day, at the Glenwood Springs Courthouse, 109 8th St., Suite 200; and through 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Rifle Annex, 144 W. 3rd St., Rifle. Ballots also can be taken to a drop box on the south side of the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs through 7 p.m. Tuesday.Mailed absentee ballots must arrive by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted. They may be mailed to the Garfield Clerk’s Office, 109 8th St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Sixty cents postage is required to return the ballots.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you’re voting Tuesday …Anyone planning to vote at the polls on Election Day should be prepared to show proper identification, which can include any of the following:• a driver’s license;• a state Department of Revenue card;• a pilot’s license;• a certified copy of a birth certificate;• a Garfield County employee badge;• a military ID;• a Medicaid or Medicare card;• a bank statement or utility bill that is current and contains the voter’s name.Social Security cards will not be accepted as ID.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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