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Be sure to vote — Election Day now two days away

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — You have just two days to get that ballot in.

Routt County voters are choosing a governor, two legislators, a county commissioner and a sheriff during Tuesday’s midterm election, in addition to deciding on more than 20 ballot measures.

As of Saturday, more than 45 percent of active voters in Routt County had voted.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner said her office would be working to count ballots as quickly as possible in the final days of the election.

"We're doubling up on the election judges on Monday and Tuesday, anticipating that we're going to get a good number of ballots in during the last few days and trying to keep up with the processing so that we can have results on election night," Bonner said.

As long as voters get their ballot to the clerk's office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, their ballot will count. However, it takes time for election judges to verify signatures on a sealed ballot and get it to the machine that scans in a vote.

Due to the length of this year's ballot, Bonner is concerned that election judges will not be able to get all of the ballots scanned and counted Tuesday night. If this happens, they'll stop counting at 10 p.m., "unless there's a definite end in sight," Bonner said. Election judges will pick back up at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"Before we left, we'd also get the public an up-to-date result as of that time," Bonner said. "We would also be able to determine how many ballots we have left to process. We'd make that public as well."

In Colorado, voters can still register to vote and vote in the midterm election on Election Day. To register to vote or to replace a lost mailed ballot, visit a voter service and polling center. At these centers, voters can also update their registration and vote in person.

Bonner reminded voters who plan to drop their mailed ballot into a drop box to be sure to sign the envelope.

Those who plan to vote in person at a voter service and polling center should bring a valid identification, which includes a Colorado driver's license, U.S. passport, Medicare or Medicaid card, birth certificate or a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

A full list of acceptable identification is available online at http://www.co.routt.co.us/221/elections or by calling the Clerk's elections office at 970-870-5558.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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