Election 2012: Get ready to register
Ryan Summerlin August 21, 2012
BRECKENRIDGE – As state election officials prepare to certify and finalize the ballots for the November, local officials are beginning their seasonal information blitz, reminding voters to check in ahead of the election.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but the now nearly month-long voting process will kick off Oct. 15 when mail ballots are sent out.
Early voting starts Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
Ahead of this year’s presidential election, voters are encouraged to register, update voter information and request mail ballots if necessary.
Though state law requires polling places to be available during a general election, close to 45 percent of Summit County voters, approximately 6,000 people, have opted to permanently vote by mail.
However, voters intending to cast their ballots by mail need to ensure their voter information – particularly their address – is current, election officials said.
“Mail-in ballots are not forwarded,” Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel said. “They’re returned to us as undeliverable. That’s very important.”
Neel said she frequently gets calls the day of an election from people who didn’t receive their ballots because their address wasn’t current.
Voters can also request a one-time mail ballot by contacting the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Voters who haven’t cast ballots in recent elections or whose mail ballots were undeliverable in 2011 are defaulted to “inactive” status this year, but are still eligible to vote in the November election, officials said.
“Anything they do will activate their record,” Neel said. “Change of address, request a mail-in ballot. They are still eligible electors in this election.”
All voters will be required to show an ID in order to cast a ballot.
State website www.Go
VoteColorado.com is the primary resource again this year for election information. Voters can register to vote, download a paper registration, withdraw registration, change names and basic information and request a mail ballot.
The site also includes informative links to primary election results, campaign finance reports, ballot initiatives and candidates.
In addition to the presidential race, Summit County voters will be deciding races for county commissioner, Fifth Judicial District Attorney, state House District 61 and state Senate District 8 seats and the 2nd Congressional District.
Berthoud Republican Kevin Lundberg, Libertarian Randy Luallin, from Louisville, and Broomfield Green Party hopeful Susan Hall are challenging Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) for his seat in Washington Nov. 2.
Local Democrat Emily Tracy and Libertarian Sacha Weis, of Craig, are challenging incumbent Randy Baumgardner (R-Cowdrey) for the state Senate seat, according to unofficial candidate lists.
Former Summit School District superintendent Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) is defending the seat she was appointed to in 2010 from a slew of challengers including Breckenridge Republican Debra Irvine; independent hopeful and former Rep. Kathleen Curry; American Constitution Party candidate Robert Petrowsky of Leadville; and Libertarian Ellen Temby of Breckenridge, according to the unofficial lists.
Local Republican and current deputy district attorney Scott Turner and Evergreen Democrat Bruce Brown are facing off for the top prosecutor’s job in District 5.
Incumbent Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier is defending her seat on the board from Republican Kevin Mastin in November.
For additional information and voter services, go online to GoVoteColorado.com.