Vail Valley Voices: What voters need to know
October 2, 2012
The Nov. 6 General Election is fast approaching. Along with the candidate races for president, U.S. Congress, state representative, University of Colorado regent, state Board of Education, district attorney and local races for county commissioner, there will be state amendments and referenda and several municipal races and issues.
This election will be a polling place election, and all locations will have paper ballots available along with the electronic voting machines many of you used in previous elections. Voters will be able to choose their method of voting at all locations.
Voters have several options for voting, including requesting their ballot by mail, voting early at any of our branch locations or voting in person on Election Day.
The official composite, which includes all ballot races and issues, is posted on our website and will be published in local papers in mid-October. Please be aware that although all races and issues will be published, your eligibility to vote on a candidate or issue depends on where you reside.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last date to register to vote or update your physical address if you’ve moved.
Voter registration application forms are available online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/clerk under “Voting and Elections, Voter Registration” on the left hand side, at clerk and recorder offices in Avon, El Jebel and Eagle, and at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County.
Completed forms can be faxed, emailed or mailed, but must be received or postmarked on or before Oct. 9. Voters also have the option of registering or updating their information at http://www.govotecolorado.com.
Regardless of a voter’s home precinct, all voters will have the option of voting early at any of our offices in Avon, Eagle or El Jebel weekdays beginning Monday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year we will also offer early voting on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel.
Voters who prefer to vote by mail can request a ballot be mailed to them by completing and returning a mail-in ballot application, also available at http://www.eaglecounty.us/clerk under “Voting and Elections, Upcoming Elections.”
The deadline for requesting a ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 30. All mail ballots must be received in one of our offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Please be aware that ballots cannot be forwarded and ballots received after Nov. 6 cannot be counted.
Identification will be required for those choosing to vote in person early or on Election Day. There are many acceptable forms of identification, the most common of which are valid Colorado drivers licenses, valid U. S. passports, Medicare cards and student IDs from accredited institutions of higher education in Colorado.
If you are anxious to know how Eagle County voted and plan to stay up late on election night, preliminary results will be posted to http://www.eaglecounty.us as soon as they are ready and we will be tweeting updates to many hot races throughout the night after 7 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at ecclerk.
Typically we have a substantial report published by 10 p.m. and will update it as additional results are tallied.
In the event that all ballots cannot be processed and scanned before 1 a.m., we plan to adjourn for the evening and reconvene to continue counting the remaining ballots at 8 a.m. Nov. 7.
For questions about your polling location, other acceptable forms of identification, whether you have already signed up to receive a mail ballot, or anything else related to the election, please call our Election Department at 970-328-8715, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teak J. Simonton is Eagle County’s clerk and recorder.