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Head off vote stealing

If you are fired up about the Nov. 2 elections and want to have a say, here are several big heads-up.The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 4. To register, a person must be 18 years old or older on or before Nov. 2, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Colorado and live in the precinct where he or she registers at least 30 days prior to the election.Once that’s accomplished, be aware that to make sure your vote counts, take an identification card with you to the polls and make sure you go to the right polling place for your precinct.If you don’t, your vote is in jeopardy of being robbed.If you forget an ID and/or go to the wrong place, you will be given a provisional ballot to fill out. It will be counted and cross-checked against your registration days after the election.But here’s the rub. The Colorado secretary of state, Donetta Davidson, is proposing that only presidential votes be counted on provisional ballots.That would disenfranchise people voting in any other election, such as U.S. senator, the ballot issues, the state House and the county commission races.Common Cause is suing the state to halt this vote-robbing scheme. Arguments will be heard Tuesday. We hope Common Cause prevails.Still, voters can take the matter in their own hands by following the rules and knowing where to vote.

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