From the editor: Join the conversation |

From the editor: Join the conversation

From the Editor

— It’s Election Day 2016, and we’re already looking ahead to tonight’s results, which will mark the end of one of the most contentious presidential elections in U.S. history.

As of 5:45 p.m. Monday, Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner reported 63 percent of local voters had exercised their right to vote early by mail-in ballot.

For those who haven’t voted yet, there’s still time. Just visit one of the county’s Voter Service and Polling Centers in Steamboat, Hayden or Oak Creek to vote in person, or you can fill out your ballot at home and deliver it to one of Routt County’s five ballot drop-off locations before 7 p.m. tonight.

Voting is the best way to let your voice be heard in an election year, but in case you want more interaction with your fellow voters, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is offering a new way to join the conversation.

This year, Steamboat Today will be using ScribbleLive to further engage our readers on Election Day. This new resource will help us provide a live stream of curated content by collecting interesting social media posts, videos and candidate responses into one real-time news feed.

You can view the ScribbleLive feature by visiting and clicking on #TheBoatVotes image on our home page. This will take you to our 2016 election coverage page where we’ll be posting news updates throughout the day and night as well as videos, voting facts and up-to-the-date election tallies on candidate races and ballot issues.

This new platform gives us the opportunity to easily include readers’ election-related social media posts into the news feed, and the process is very simple. Just tag your Election Day posts with #TheBoatVotes, and those posts will become part of today’s election coverage.

Election Day is an exciting day in any newsroom, and at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, it’s all hands on deck. The news team will be covering all aspects of the local election until the last results are tallied. We’ll be writing stories for print and also posting updates online long after the paper goes to press.

I encourage you to engage with us today by tagging your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #TheBoatVotes and by checking for all your local election news.

We hope you’ll join the conversation, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman

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