Monday last chance for voter registration
residents have come in the last two weeks to register, but others have been in to pick upabsentee ballots. It will be the first time McIntosh has voted in a general election. Monday is the last day to submit voter registration forms in order to participate in local elections next month.|Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk| |SUMMIT COUNTY – This story is for the roughly 4,000 Summit County residents who are not registered to vote and for those voters who have moved since they last registered.Do you think your town council is doing enough to provide affordable housing? Is it using your tax dollars successfully to lure visitors and their wallets?Does your local government expand your recreational opportunities and secure open space you deem valuable? Does it support local nonprofits whose services you value? Does it keep your potholes filled and your Christmas trees lit?It doesn’t really matter what you think about your council members, unless you hightail it to your local town hall by Monday, March 8, and get yourself registered to vote.Only then can you help dole out the highest praise or the hardest punishment for council members’ deeds by allowing them to continue to represent you or by giving them the boot.”Especially in the municipal elections, every vote counts, because there are so few voters,” said Frisco town clerk Jo-Anne Tyson. “One vote can really make the difference.”There are about 3,000 registered voters in Frisco, and voter turnout is usually between 10 and 15 percent in regular municipal elections.As of February, Breckenridge had 1,883 active registered voters, but only 291 voters showed up to the polls at the last municipal election in April 2002.”Because of the concerns with the towns’ and the county’s economic viability, voters and candidates need to put forth a concerted effort to understand the issues,” Tyson continued. “And there are a lot of issues on our plate right now: reservoir water levels, potential buildout, sales tax revenue.”According to the county clerk and recorder, Cheri Brunvand, there are 20,329 registered voters in Summit County out of a year-round population of about 24,000.Democrats number 5,120 while Republicans list 6,470. Most of the rest are registered as independent. Others are registered with smaller parties such as Libertarian and Natural Law.In the upcoming elections on April 6, Dillon and Silverthorne voters will elect three council members for each town.Voters in both Frisco and Breckenridge will elect three council candidates and one mayoral candidate to their respective councils.Breckenridge voters also will have the opportunity to decide whether the town should issue bonds to purchase the 1,840 acres of open space in the B&B Mines property.The bonds will be repaid through revenue generated from the town’s open space sales tax.”Voter participation is particularly important in this election for at least two reasons,” said Breckenridge Councilmember Ernie Blake, who is running for mayor.”So many people have been willing to throw their hats in the ring for town council this year. These people are willing to put out their time and energy to help make decisions for the town’s present and future,” he said.”It’s only right for people to take a few moments to help decide who they want to represent them in those decisions.””Also, the B&B Mines is the last major open space purchase available for the town and the county. That’s an important matter for the community to weigh in on,” Blake added.Citizens can obtain voter registration forms at any town hall or at the county clerk and recorder’s office in Breckenridge. The forms must be turned in to any town clerk or postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday.Residents may also register to vote at any driver’s license office or public assistance agency throughout the state.Forms are also available on the secretary of state’s Web site at http://www.sos.state.co.us in Spanish and English in the site’s election center.Voters who have moved more than 29 days before an election may not vote at their old precinct. They may, however, appear in person at the county clerk’s office and reregister by filing an emergency registration affidavit.”It’s important for citizens to register to vote, as this allows them to participate in local government by having a voice in the community,” said Dillon town clerk Jan Thomas.
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