Deadline looms for voter registration
SUMMIT COUNTY – It might be an odd-year election coming up Nov. 1, but Summit County citizens will have a decisive say on a host of important state and local issues on that day.But if voters don’t get themselves registered by the county’s deadline Monday, they’ll miss their chance to influence the outcome on a variety of crucial measures.”Voters need to get registered by the (Monday) cut-off date,” said Kathy Neel, the county’s chief deputy county clerk. “Otherwise they’ll be out of luck.”To vote in the Nov. 1 election, people need to be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years of age, and have lived at a Colorado residence for at least 30 days from the time of registration. If they’re not already, locals can get registered to vote at the Old County Courthouse in Breckenridge (at 208 E. Lincoln), any of the town clerk’s offices, at the department of motor vehicles, or at any human services office across the county. People need to fill out a registration form and provide either the last four digits of their Social Security number, or a Colorado driver’s license or state ID. People unsure of their voter status can call Neel at (970) 453-3479 to find out if they’re registered or not.Voters have the option of either voting early or by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Friday, Oct. 7. Registered voters can pick up absentee ballots after that date at the Old County Courthouse, or a ballot can be sent via mail upon request.Completed absentee ballots can be dropped off at the Old County Courthouse, or returned through the mail. As long as absentee ballots are received by the county clerk by 7 p.m. on Election Day they will be counted toward the general election results.Early voting is another option for voters, and that begins Monday, Oct. 17 – also at the Old County Courthouse in Breckenridge. If you’re a registered voter, you can show up at the courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday after that date, provide a photo ID, and vote on all ballot initiatives and measures. Signs at the location will direct voters to the polls.What’s on the ballot?Topping the ballot this election are two controversial state questions, known as Referenda C and D, asking voters to decide whether state officials can waive requirements of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which compel the state to refund surplus tax dollars to taxpayers.Local electors will also vote on a county question called Referred Measure 1A, which would raise property taxes by one-half mill for 10 years to fund early education and child-care programs across the county.Voters countywide will also fill three vacancies on the Summit School District Board. Voters in the West Grand School District at the north end of the county will not only fill four directors positions, but they’ll also decide whether or not to build a new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade facility.Voters in the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metro District will decide whether or not taxes will be increased by $750,000, earmarked for new fire and emergency services.Frisco voters who participate in the general election in November will not vote on any town-specific issues then, and will have to return to the polls Dec. 13 to decide whether a Home Depot will be developed on the town’s 9.4-acre parcel.Calendar confusionDon’t be fooled if that calendar hanging on the fridge claims Election Day this time around is actually Nov. 8. Election Day is Nov. 1. According to Neel, she already received a few calls from people who have calendars promoting a Nov. 8 election date, which clearly is incorrect.Neel intends to post informational signs at public spots around the county in advance of the Nov. 1 election day, which will also include absentee and early voting details, as a way to avoid further confusion.Duffy Hayes can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 250, or at email@example.com
Monday, Oct. 3Last day to registerFriday, Oct. 7Absentee ballots availableMonday, Oct. 17Early voting beginsFriday, Oct. 21Last day to request an absentee ballot for mail deliveryFriday, Oct. 28Early voting endsTuesday, Nov. 1Election Day
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