Head to the polls: You’ve got about 24 hours to vote this Election Day | SteamboatToday.com

Head to the polls: You’ve got about 24 hours to vote this Election Day

Polls close at 7 p.m. in Steamboat; 5 p.m. in Clark, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa

Brooke McKenna drops off her ballot in the box outside the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon. Voters can drop off ballots in the drop box behind the courthouse at 522 Lincoln Ave. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Other ballot drop-off locations include the Clark Store, Hayden Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall. The last pickup in Clark, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, which gives you a few hours to get your ballot to a dropbox by 7 p.m.

Ballot drop-offs are available at the historic Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs, at the Clark Store and at the Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa town halls.

If you’re voting after 5 p.m., plan to drop off your ballot at the dropbox in the alley behind the Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat. Final pickup will be at 5 p.m. in Clark, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa as the respective locations close.

If you’d prefer to vote in person, want a replacement ballot or need to register to vote, visit the voter service and polling center in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the courthouse.

As of Monday, 5,030 ballots from the approximately 17,500 voters in the county had been returned, said Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner. That’s a voter turnout of about 28.7% already.

Bonner expected another 2,000 to 3,000 ballots would come in on Monday and Tuesday.

“I think it’s just human nature — just waiting and seeing if anything comes up that might change their mind on how they want to vote,” Bonner said.

She said the stream of ballots coming in slowed down around Halloween last week.

“We can get the results faster if they turn their ballots in sooner, so I would just encourage them to turn it in as soon as they can,” Bonner said.

Bonner said so far, election judges have seen few issues with ballots.

“People are following the instructions very well,” Bonner said. “We’re seeing very few problems.”

Problems they are seeing involve voters forgetting to sign the back of their ballot or not including a copy of identification when required.

In order to be counted, each ballot must be signed with a signature matching what’s on file at the Secretary of State’s Office.

Some voters, particularly new residents that might not yet have a Colorado driver’s license, are required to present a copy of another form of identification with their ballot, Bonner explained. A passport, student ID from a college or university in Colorado or a recent utility bill or bank statement that includes your Colorado address are some options to meet this requirement.

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

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