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Midterm ballots will soon be in Routt County mailboxes

A Routt County resident heads into the Routt County Courthouse annex to cast his vote in the 2012 election. (File photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get ready to cast your midterm ballots, Routt County. County clerks statewide will begin mailing ballots on Monday, Oct. 15.

To vote, complete the ballot and mail it in the included envelope, drop it off at a Routt County ballot drop off location or vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center in Steamboat Springs, Hayden or Oak Creek.

Ballot drop-offs

Routt County Courthouse
Clark Store*
Hayden Town Hall
Oak Creek Town Hall
Yampa Town Hall*

*Yampa Town Hall and Clark Store ballots will be picked up by 5 p.m. on Election Day.

“We really ask for you to return your ballot early, if at all possible,” said Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner at a recent election forum. She explained that, with a hefty number of statewide ballot measures and several write-in candidates, it will take time for election judges to verify ballots. She recommended voters visit the Routt County Clerk’s website for a list of verified write-in candidates at co.routt.co.us/221/elections.

“If you write in Mickey Mouse, it’s not going to count, and it’s also going to delay the process in counting the votes,” she added.

Colorado voters can register to vote up until the day of the Nov. 6 election. To receive a ballot in the mail, you must register by Oct. 29. After that date, you should visit a polling station to register and vote.

Voters with state-issued IDs can register or update their registration at the Secretary of State’s website, govotecolorado.com.

The county clerk’s office will only mail ballots to active, registered voters. If the clerk’s office sent you mail that was returned as undeliverable by the post office, your record is inactive, and you should visit govotecolorado.com or the clerk’s office to update your voter registration.

Voters can also view sample ballots, check if their ballot has been mailed and see if the clerk’s office has received their completed ballots at govotecolorado.com.

The county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 6 for it to be counted. Postmarks do not count.

Voter Service and Polling Centers will soon open at the following locations to offer in-person voter registration and voting, replacement ballots and provisional ballots.

  • Routt County Courthouse, Clerk and Recorder’s Office – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 22 to Nov. 2; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3.
  • Routt County Courthouse Annex, Trout Creek Conference Room – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
  • Hayden Town Hall – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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

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