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Register to vote by Tuesday

Deadline nears for Nov. 7 election

Voting center locations

1. North Routt Community Charter School in Clark

2. Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden

3. Steamboat Pilot & Today building, 1901 Curve Plaza

4. Routt County Courthouse Annex on Sixth Street

5. Yampa Valley Medical Center conference room

6. Fairfield Inn conference room, 3200 S. Lincoln Ave.

7. Oak Creek Town Hall

8. Yampa Town Hall

Elections

For more information about the Nov. 7 general election, call the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office at 870-5556; e-mail clerk@co.routt.co.us or visit http://www.co.routt.co.u...

— Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.

Residents can register at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Routt County Courthouse, at the Driver’s License Office in Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center or at any city or town hall in the county. Registration forms also can be download from the Clerk and Recorder’s Web site. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 10.

Kay Weinland, Routt County’s clerk and recorder, said it is important for voters to not only be registered, but also for them to vote prepared.



“Due to the changes we’ve undergone in the process with new equipment and the fact that the ballot is so lengthy and complex, preparation is critical to this election,” she said. “We prepared an insert with the hope that voters will go to the polls prepared for early voting.”

A voter information guide and official sample ballot will appear in Sunday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today and will be available around town in Steamboat Springs, South Routt and Hayden.



Early voting this fall is from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. On those days, voters can cast their ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Routt County Courthouse Annex. Voters must bring a photo ID when they go to the polls.

“If you’ve moved since the last time you voted, remember to change that information,” Weinland said. “You can get the form on our Web site, in the (newspaper) insert or at the Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.”

There will be a variety of educational meetings around the county to address concerns and allow residents to test the new voting equipment.

“My goal is that people are not intimidated and realize that the equipment is simple and easy to use,” Weinland said. “I really want people to be comfortable when they go to vote.”

There will be written instructions on the screen of the voting machines, judges will be present at the polls to provide instructions, and voters can find information on the county clerk’s Web site and can “test drive” the voting equipment at their office during business hours.

“Once again, I just want to remind people to vote prepared,” Weinland said. “That is going to be my mantra for the next month. I might need to write a song about it.”

– To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204 or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com


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