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Today is Election Day

Brent Boyer

Kay Weinland and her staff in the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office hope a new ballot counter and a little cooperation from Mother Nature will make today, Election Day, a success.

Routt County voters, depending on the address for which they are registered, will be served by 15 polling locations, including several locations that combine voters from two precincts. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Registered voters who don’t know which precinct they are assigned to can call the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 870-5556 for information, Weinland said. Registered voters who moved to a new location in the county before Oct. 6 should verify their address with the office. Those who didn’t update their address with the Clerk and Recorder’s Office will need to obtain a certificate of voter registration before they can cast a ballot, she said. The certificate can be filled out today.

A new state law requires voters to present valid identification at polling places. Various forms of acceptable identification include a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, government identification card, Federal Aviation Administration photo pilot’s license and military identification.

Though the number of early votes this year increased by more than 200 from those tallied in 2001, the last odd-numbered election year, Weinland said it’s impossible to know what voter turnout will be. Weather is often a factor, she said.

“Hopefully, the weather won’t be a deterrent,” Weinland said.

Regardless of the weather, Weinland and her staff will begin adding up the votes once the polls close at 7 p.m.

The county’s new ballot counting machine could produce election results quicker than in years past.

“We’re taking bets among my staff for what time we’re going to be done,” Weinland said Monday, adding that she hopes all ballots will be counted by 11 p.m.

Routt County voters cast 1,357 early votes in the two-week period ending Friday, according to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. In 2001, 1,150 early votes were cast and nearly 5,000 total votes were counted in determining the outcome of four contested City Council races.

This year’s election features two contested races each for the Steamboat Springs Board of Education and City Council, a contested race for the South Routt Board of Education, a Steamboat referendum and several county and state issues.

For more information on the issues on today’s ballot, click on the “Decision 2003” icon at http://www.steamboatpilot.com. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office also has information available on all ballot issues.

— To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com


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