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Don’t look for mail ballot in this spring’s municipal elections

Pam Boyd
pboyd@eaglevalleyenterprise.com

Residents who have become accustomed to voting from the comfort of their own living rooms won't have that convenience available for munipal elections planned this spring.

Due to changes in Colorado election law, the permanent mail-in voter designation has been discontinued and both the town of Eagle and the town of Gypsum will be conducting polling place elections in April. Ballots will not be automatically mailed out for the upcoming municipal electionsbut voters can request an absentee ballot which can either be mailed to a voter filled out at the respective Eagle or Gypusm town offices.

In Eagle three town board seats — currently held by Scott Turnipseed, Scot Webster and Mikel Kerst — are open for the election on Tuesday, April 1. Candidate nomination petitions are available for pick-up at the Eagle Town Clerk's office at 200 Broadway. Potential candidates must collect 10 signatures from registered voters who reside within the town limits. Petitions can now be circulated and are due on Friday, Feb. 28 by 5 p.m.

In Gypsum three town council seats — currently held by Pam Schultz, Tim McMichael and Dick Mayne — and the mayor — currently Steve Carver — will be elected on Tuesday, April 8. Nomination petitions will be available Tuesday, Feb. 18 and potential candidates must collect 20 signatures from registered Gypsum voters. Petitions must be turned in by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. The town election is Tuesday April 8.

Eagle Town Clerk Sarah Braucht said Eagle residents can request an absentee ballot be mailed and request can be submitted now. Ballots will be mailed once they are received from the printer in mid March. Walk-in absentee voting will begin on Monday, March 17 and will continue through Friday, March 28. No early voting can take place after close of business on Friday, March 28 and remaining voters must cast their ballot in person on Tuesday, April 1. The polling place is located at the Eagle Town Hall at 200 Broadway and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

To request an absentee ballot, a voter must fill out an absentee voter application. The application can be found at the town's website at http://www.townofeagle.org or by visiting town hall. Anyone who is not already a registered voter, must register by Friday, March 7 to participate in the election. Voter reistration can be completed at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder's Office located at 500 Broadway in Eagle or at http://www.GoVoteColorado.com

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Any questions regarding Eagle candidates and the Eagle municipal election can be directed to Braucht at sarah@townofeagle.org or 970-328-9623.

Any questions regarding Gypsum candidates and the Gypsum municipal election can be directed to Town Clerk Dannette Schlegel at 970-524-7514.

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