Early voting starts today
SUMMIT COUNTY – Early voting for the Nov. 5 election begins today and continues through Nov. 1.
The voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the basement-level employee lunch room at the Old County Courthouse, 208 Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge.
The Nov. 5 ballot includes a plethora of races and subjects, running the gamut from Colorado governor to local issues, including a proposed sales tax to support the Summit Housing Authority.
While nearly all Summit County elected officials are up for re-election, only one race – that for the District 1 county commissioner’s seat – is contested.
On Nov. 5, the county will make available 17 polling places.
To vote absentee, voters either must come in and pick up a ballot or mail a request for a mailed ballot to the county. Those requests must be received by Oct. 29, said elections administrator Vicky Stecklein. The mailed request must be made in writing, an with an original signature, including the printed name of the voter, date of birth, Summit County physical address, Summit County mailing address, where the ballot is to be mailed and a phone number. Individual voters must request their own ballots and can’t request them for a spouse or children, Stecklein said. Mail requests to Elections, P.O. Box 1538, Breckenridge, CO, 80424, or fax them to (970) 453-3540.
Those who did not receive a voter information card but who want to vote in the election should call (970) 453-3479 to see if they are registered.
While it’s too late to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election, Stecklein said a new state law called provisional voting allows people who have moved to vote even if they have neglected to file an official change. Those who have moved to Summit County from within Colorado or moved within the county and neglected to file an address change with the clerk and recorder’s office can go to the polling place in which they now live. Those who tell the election clerks they have moved to that precinct will be given a provisional ballot and form, on which they can write the new address.
Stecklein said she takes it from there.
“After the election, I look you up on the statewide voter system,” she said. “If I see you are registered at your previous address, I register you here and send a cancellation there. Your ballot will be counted.”
Provisional voting, however, could skew the election results. Stecklein said the provisional ballots will be counted within 12 days of the election. In the event of a tight race, the provisional votes could change the outcome, she said.
Questions on the Nov. 5 ballot include five state amendments, five state referendums, three countywide issues and three town questions. Local candidates up for election include the county clerk, assessor, treasurer, sheriff, surveyor, coroner and the District 1 commissioner. Statewide races include U.S. senator, District 2 Congressional representative, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, District 2 regent of the University of Colorado, state Senate District 16, state House of Representatives District 56, a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and two judges for the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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