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Early voting begins today

Christine McManus

BRECKENRIDGE – The election season is under way with early voting starting today.

The biggest change this year for Colorado residents is that all voters must bring a government-issued identification card – such as a driver’s license, Colorado identification card or U.S. passport – to the polls.

Early voting lasts through Oct. 31. Registered voters who want to cast a ballot before Nov. 4 this year may go to the employee lunch room at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge.

The same identification requirement applies to early voting. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Summit County elections officials began mailing out requested absentee ballots on Oct. 6. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot is Oct. 28.

The deadline to pick up an absentee ballot in person is 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Summit County Courthouse. Absentee ballots are typically used when people are on vacation, military leave or when they simply want the convenience of receiving a ballot at home.

All absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office at the courthouse no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

The absentee ballot app-

lication form is online at

http://www.co.summit.co.us/elections. Voters who want an absentee ballot application can access the application online, print it from a computer, fill it out and fax it to (970) 453-3540. No e-mail requests will be accepted.

There will be eight polling places Nov. 4. The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 6. For more information, call election officials at the county clerk’s office at (970) 453-3479.

Watch the Summit Daily News this week and next week for in-depth previews and analysis of local and state election issues and candidates.

Christine McManus can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or cmcmanus@summitdaily.com.


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