Routt County voters invited to track their mail ballots with automated messaging
Steamboat Springs — With four Steamboat Springs City Council seats up for grabs, school board elections in Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt, plus a $92 million school bond issue in the Steamboat Springs School District, the Routt County clerk’s office has mailed out the ballots for the Nov. 3 election, and some voters have already received them.
All voters in this coordinated election have a new option to keep tabs on the status of their election ballots this year, County Clerk Kim Bonner said. The new Ballot Trail service allows voters to receive email and text or voice messages by signing up at the county web page. Voters who have felt uncertain about whether their ballot was received at the courthouse or properly filled out can now be reassured.
For those voters who are still more comfortable voting in person, polling is underway at a single booth at the voter service and polling center in the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. Voters may also register there or visit govotecolorado.com. Voters should be prepared to enter their driver’s license number.
The VSPC is open 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, as well as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day.
Voters who mail their ballots and want to take advantage of Ballot Trail can visit to the county home page at co.routt.co.us and click on “Track Your Ballot – Sign up info” on the homepage under county news. From there, click on “Ballot Trail Sign Up.” Information required to sign up includes voter name, date of birth and zip code. Ballots are tracked by a unique bar code. Voters may also choose to reset their preferences, as well as stop notifications. There is no fee.
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“The first notification was sent out Monday and let those who have signed up for notifications know that the ballots were mailed on Oct. 13, and if they haven’t received theirs, they should call the election office at 970-870-5558,” Bonner said. “After that, voters who have signed up with Ballot Trail will receive notifications when their voted ballot has been received and accepted for counting by our office. Conversely, if the ballot is received but rejected for missing signature, signature verification or missing I.D., the notification will indicate that, as well.”
Bonner reminded voters in west and South Routt there will be no provisions for voting in person at the Hayden and Oak Creek town halls as there was in the 2014 general election. As a result, mail-in ballots will be the preferred option for most.
“Voting at the town halls was pretty slow last year,” Bonner added.
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