Nearly a quarter of Garfield County voters have already cast Nov. 1 ballots
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – More than 4,800 of Garfield County’s registered voters had cast their mail-in ballots in the Nov. 1 general election as of Tuesday afternoon, which pleased county clerk and recorder Jean Alberico.
“That’s nearly 25 percent, which is pretty good at this point,” Alberico said Tuesday morning. Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Voters are deciding on school board candidates, school district mill levies, a Carbondale fire district mill levy and a statewide sales and income tax increase for education funding.
The clerk’s office sent out 21,425 ballots for the election, which is being run as a mail-in only election, Alberico said. The clerk’s office reported that 4,818 of the ballots received so far had been certified as correctly filled out.
Alberico said 1,368 ballots were returned by the post office as undeliverable. State election law prohibits ballots from being forwarded by the post office.
The clerk’s office sent replacement ballots to voters wherever possible.
The office also sent letters to intended recipients advising them to contact the clerk’s office about an address change or to clear up deficiencies such as a lack of a signature on the ballot envelope.
Another 421 ballots were voided due to status changes made by voters, such as a change of address just prior to the mailing of ballots, or mistakes made while the ballots were filled out.
As of today, anyone who either has not received a ballot in the mail, or who needs to make a change in their personal information, will have to go in person to the Clerk and Recorder’s office, either in Glenwood Springs or in Rifle.
Tuesday was the last day for the clerk to mail a ballot to a residence, due to the turn-around time needed to get the ballot back to the clerk’s office by Election Day.
Ballots must be placed in the mail no later than Friday in order to get to the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day and be counted.
Next Monday or Tuesday, ballots should be delivered to any of several drop points around the county, including a special drop-box at the east entrance to the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. The drop-box is there so voters can avoid going through the courthouse security checkpoint, Alberico said.
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