Voters encouraged to return ballots in person
With the deadline for the fall election drawing near, voters who have not returned their ballots are being advised to drop off their ballots with the county clerk or use a designated county drop-off location.
The recommendation from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams came earlier this week in response to concerns from several county clerks who worried that the U.S. Postal Service did not deliver their ballots in a timely manner, according to a press release. The same release states that a Colorado District Court judge ruled in 2014 that county clerks may not count ballots that arrive after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Voting for this fall’s election ends Nov. 3, and voters in western Garfield County are being asked to decide several issues, including a contested race for a seat on the Garfield Re-2 Board of Education.
Tara Rumery and Meriya Stickler are vying for Re-2 District D. While the district encompasses Silt and areas of unincorporated Garfield County to the south and to the east, all voters within the Re-2 boundaries can vote for either Stickler or Rumery.
Also in education, voters are being asked to decide the only contested Colorado Mountain College race between incumbent Kathy Goudy and challenger Jon Warnick. The two are running for District 2, which covers most of Glenwood Springs and Basalt as well as part of Carbondale, but, similar to the Re-2 race, residents in all six counties of CMC’s district can vote for either candidate.
CMC also is asking voters to allow the college the option of becoming an Internet provider through initiative 4D.
The only statewide initiative, Proposition BB, deals with how the state handles the $66 million collected from retail marijuana taxes. A “yes” vote would allow the state to retain the money, while a “no” vote would refund the money to the marijuana industry and taxpayers. State estimates project the return to each taxpayer would be around $8.
Qualified residents can register to vote through Election Day, change their address, receive a new ballot or replacement ballot, drop off completed ballots or choose to vote on an accessible electronic voting machine at these locations:
• Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Office in Glenwood Springs, Suite 200 of the county courthouse at Eighth Street and Colorado Avenue, and the branch office at 144 E. Third St. in Rifle. In addition to regular hours, both offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Both also will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.
• Town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute are standalone drop-off sites for voted ballots. These sites are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
• On Election Day, additional Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall, Glenwood Springs Community Center, New Castle Branch Library, Silt Branch Library and Parachute Branch Library.
• There is a 24/7 ballot drop box available in Glenwood Springs on the Eighth Street curb near the original south entrance to the county courthouse. Voters may also drop off ballots inside the east entrance of the courthouse between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or the clerk’s office in Suite 200 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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