Of all elections, presidential elections have the largest turnout of voters. In 2008, over 14,000 or 87 percent of Summit County electors cast ballots in the presidential election. I expect 2012's election to have a similar turnout. With such high participation Election Day, voting frequently means long lines with waits of up to two hours or more to vote.
Many citizens enjoy the tradition of voting on Election Day at the polls. Others in our fast paced world are under time constraints and may want a quick trip in and out of the polling place or the convenience of not making a trip to the polls at all.
Fortunately, in Colorado and Summit County, there are multiple options available to voters.
A voter completes an application for a mail-in ballot. Applications can be found online at www.govotecolorado.com or obtained from the clerk's office in the County Courthouse in Breckenridge (970) 453-3479. Ballots for this election will be mailed on Monday to the address on file with the county clerk. By law, ballots can't be forwarded, so if the voter is going to be at an address other than the one on file, the application should be filled out accordingly. Once the ballot is received, simply vote the ballot at your leisure and make sure it is in the county clerk's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Mail ballots may also be dropped off at any early voting site or vote center on Election Day. If you believe you are a mail-in voter but don't receive your ballot by Oct. 25, please call the clerk's office (970) 453-3479 so arrangements can be made to issue a ballot. The last day a ballot can be mailed is Oct. 30.
Early Voting will take place Monday-Friday, Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. Locations for early voting are the County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln, Breckenridge and Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons, 37 Peak One Dr., Frisco. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During this time voters will vote in person either by paper or electronic ballot. Early voting locations will also accept mail ballots. The first week of early voting is usually fairly slow, with the number of voters increasing daily throughout the second week.
Summit County uses vote centers for Election Day voting. Registered voters may go to the vote center that is most convenient for them. There will be six vote centers on Election Day:
> Vote Center 1 - County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln, Breckenridge
> Vote Center 2 - Community/Senior Center, 0083 Nancy's Place, Frisco
> Vote Center 3 - Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne
> Vote Center 4 - Dillon Town Hall, 275 Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon
> Vote Center 5 - Summit Cove Elementary School, 727 Cove Blvd., Summit Cove
> Vote Center 6 - Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 105 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge
All vote centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and each will accept mail-in ballots until 7 p.m.
Make the choice that is right for you, just remember to vote. Please contact the county clerk's office at (970) 453-3475 or (970) 453-3479 or visit www.govotecolorado.com with any registration or election questions, want to verify or need update your voter status, or request a mail ballot.