County clerk’s office to mail out election ballots starting on October 14
Ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election, which includes one race for Garfield County commissioner and several statewide races and ballot issues, are to be mailed out the week of Oct. 14, according to Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico.
In the meantime, there are several ways to confirm and update voter registration information, both online and in person.
Beginning the week of Oct. 14, all active, registered voters in the county will be sent a ballot at their current address entered in voter registration records. Overseas and military ballots were mailed out on Sept. 19.
To check or update voter registration information, visit http://www.GoVoteColorado.com.
Election officials remind voters to sign and return completed ballots by mail or at a ballot drop-off box, which will be available throughout the county from Carbondale to Parachute.
Locally, the Garfield County website at http://www.garfield-county.com has information about drop-off sites in the county.
Full local voting information is also posted online, including locations of all Voter Service Polling Centers where eligible voters can register or request a ballot if they did not receive one. VSPCs are also where voters can replace a damaged or lost ballot, and vote in person through Election Day.
To find the nearest ballot drop-off site or VSPC location statewide, visit http://www.MyColoradoVote.com, which is a project by the bipartisan Colorado County Clerks Association to provide nonpartisan, reliable information for voters.
The Clerks Association also offers some helpful hints to make sure your vote counts, including:
• Refold a ballot along its original fold lines.
• Place a voted ballot in the secrecy sleeve provided with the ballot.
• Place the secrecy sleeve (with voted ballot) into the official return envelope.
• Sign and date the “Affidavit of Voter” located on the back of the official return envelope.
• If mailing a ballot, place the correct postage of $.49 on the envelope and mail it in advance (Oct. 28 is the latest date recommended) to ensure it arrives by 7 p.m. on Nov. 4.
Oct. 27 is the last day to register to vote online, in order to receive a ballot by mail.
On Election Day, ballots must be received at any Garfield County VSPC or drop-off site no later than 7 p.m.
For more information or assistance, contact the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Elections Division at (970) 384-3700, ext. 1770.
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