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Summit County: Voter registration deadline, Election Day approaching

Caddie Nath
summit daily news

With Election Day 2011 less than six weeks off and the deadline to register to vote approaching on Monday, the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is preparing for the county’s first mail-in only election.

But only registered and active voters will be getting their ballots in the mail, Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel said.

“If you did not vote in the 2010 general election and did not return the information card we sent you, you are inactive,” Neel said. “If (people) don’t get a ballot, they should contact us and we’ll find out why they didn’t and tell them what steps to take so they can get one.”

The problem is easily fixed with a call to Neel’s office, she said. County officials can check whether residents are active voters. If not, they will be given a form to fill out that will activate their registration. Voter registration can be done quickly online with a Colorado ID.

Voters should also confirm that the county has the most up-to-date address on record.

Mail-in ballots will go out to voters Oct. 11 and must be back to the clerk and recorder’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 1.

Though there will be no polling places on Election Day or early in-person voting this year, the county will provide “service centers,” where torn or spoiled ballots can be replaced or voters who didn’t get a ballot can pick one up. A service center will operate at the County Courthouse in Breckenridge from Oct. 11 through Election Day and at the Silverthorne Town Hall from Oct. 26 through Election Day.

The county will also have drop-off locations open at Frisco Town Hall, Silverthorne Town Hall and Dillon Town Hall open from Oct. 24 though Nov. 1.

“It may be easier for people, if they’re worried about getting (their ballot) to us on time, to drop them off,” Neel said.

Up until this year, Summit County was one of four hold-out counties in the state that had not transferred to the mail-in only voting format for odd-year and/or primary elections.

Trying the format this year could save $8,000-$10,000 in election costs – approximately 25 percent of the total – by eliminating the need for expenses like election judges.

More than 50 percent of Summit County voters are already registered to vote by mail permanently, Neel said.

Summit County has a total of 12,468 voters registered this year.


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