New voting centers to debut locally in November election |

New voting centers to debut locally in November election

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Summit County, CO Colorado

– Last day to register to vote/change address: Tuesday, Oct. 9

– Mail-in (absentee) voting. Begins Friday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Nov. 2.

– Absentee ballots may be requested by completing and returning the application available at, or by calling (970)453-3479 and requesting an application be mailed to you.

– Completed applications should be mailed to: Summit County Elections, P.O. Box 1538, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or faxed to 970-453-3540. To receive your absentee ballot by mail, we must receive your request by Tuesday, Oct. 30. We will begin mailing absentee ballots out during the first week of October. The ballots are due back in the elections office by 7 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

– Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Nov. 2 at the Summit County Courthouse ” BOCC meeting room, 208 E. Lincoln, Breckenridge or County Commons ” Mt. Royal Room, 37 County Road 1005, Frisco. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Summit County Courthouse – BOCC meeting room, 208 E. Lincoln, Breckenridge

– County Commons ” Buffalo Mountain Room, 37 County Road 1005, Frisco

– Dillon Town Hall, 275 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon

– Summit Cove Elementary School, 0727 Cove Blvd., Summit Cove

– Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Casting a ballot in next month’s election should be more convenient for local voters with the county’s transition from precincts to voting centers.

This means that instead of visiting one of 17 polling stations assigned to you according to your address, for the first time, you can vote at any one of five centers set-up around the county.

Along with being more convenient, voting centers will ensure nobody can show up at the wrong place, said Summit County elections administrator Kathy Neel.

“We all know how mobile Summit County is. People move and it gets hard for them to figure out where to go,” Neel said.

Voting centers are also less expensive for the county because they require fewer election judges, and allow for votes to be counted faster.

In the past, polling places would close at 7 p.m., then election clerks would begin to manually tabulate each paper ballot, which usually took hours. Now, after each person is done voting, the election judge will scan the ballot, depositing the results into a computer database.

With this technology, “it will take a matter of minutes” to tally the results at the end of the evening because the computer tracks votes throughout the day, Neel said. A law changed allowed the county to switch to voting centers last year, but elections officials decided to wait until this year due to new electronic voting machines being tested in last year’s general election, Neel said.

The idea is to see how it voting centers work this year and gather feedback from users before next year’s presidential election in which high turnout is expected, Neel said.

The two issues on the November ballot are Summit School District board elections and a school district ballot question to allow mill levy funding for full-day kindergarten, safety and building maintenance, technology and increased transportation costs.

Voters will be required to show a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license, at the voting centers.

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