Ballots out now in Garfield County
Ballots for the Nov. 6 election were mailed to all Garfield County voters on Monday, and should be in voters hands by week’s end, Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said.
This fall’s ballot is particularly long, and voters are advised to follow the instructions and cast their ballots early, rather than waiting until Election Day, Alberico said.
“The last multipage ballot was in 2008 when there were 15 state questions on the ballot,” she said. “This ballot has 13 state questions, and there are nine different county entities participating in this election.”
Voters should be aware that, if they return their ballot by mail, 71 cents postage is required. Two regular stamps will also do, Alberico said.
There are three 24/7 drop-boxes located throughout the county, situated along Eighth Street in Glenwood Springs in front of the Garfield County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St.; at the entrance to the County Administration Building in Rifle, 195 W. 14th St., Bldg. D; and at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale.
“The last day a voter should consider putting the voted ballot in the mail is Oct. 31,” Alberico said. “After that date, use a drop-box,” she said, adding that postmarks do not count in Colorado.
In-person early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22, and goes through Election Day, Nov. 6, (excluding Sundays) at the Clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle during normal business hours, and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Both locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, for in-person voting, as well.
Voters should be sure to sign the voter affidavit on the return envelope, Alberico also said.
“Teams of bipartisan election judges verify every signature to make sure the signature on the ballot affidavit matches the voter’s signature on file in the statewide voter registration system,” she said.
“Please consider returning your voted ballot before Election Day,” she added. “Typically, between 30 percent and 40 percent of all ballots returned are received on Election Day. It takes time to transport, batch, verify, process, scan and resolve voted ballots.”
The Clerk’s Office has extra “blue books” outlining the state ballot questions, and League of Women Voter’s pamphlets with pros and cons about the state issues.
Voters can track their ballots at http://www.govotecolorado.com.
If a voter does not have a ballot by Oct. 22, they should contact the County Clerk’s Office a 970-384-3700, ext. 1770, or check their voter information at http://www.govotecolorado.com to see if a ballot was issued and where the ballot was mailed.
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