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2003 election deadlines closing in

Veronica Whitney

Those wanting to vote this year must remember the last day to register to vote for the November election or to change address is Oct. 6.

“A lot of people don’t remember there is an election on Nov. 4,” says Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton. “And this year there are some changes that people need to be aware of. The requirements are still a little confusing.”

Colorado law now requires each person potential voters provide a photo identification to the election judge at the polling place.

“Before this new law, voters weren’t required to show an ID at the polling place,” Simonton said. “They would just state their names and sign. This changes are aimed to close potential loopholes to allow somebody to vote fraudulently.”

Identification cards also will be required to vote by mail; voters can send a photocopy of their ID. Those who registered by mail after Jan. 1 and didn’t provide a copy of the acceptable ID won’t be able to vote with an absentee ballot.

What’s acceptable?

Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Colorado driver’s license, a valid state issued identification card, a valid U.S. passport, a valid pilot’s license or a valid U.S. military identification card.-

Voters registering also will have to provide the last four digits of their social security number and write down on the application the number of the ID card they’re using for registering.

If an address is shown on any of these forms of ID, it must be a Colorado address or the document will not be accepted, Simonton said.-

“If they don’t have a state-issued ID, the secretary of state will issue them a unique identifying number,” she added. “To get it, they need to come to our office. If you do not have one of these forms of ID, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.”-

Provisional ballots, available in Colorado since last year, are available to voters at their polling location when their name does not appear on the voter registration book. Voters in this situation are allowed to vote after completing an affidavit. Election officials must verify the information in the affidavit prior to counting of the provisional votes.

No partisan races

Although this year’s election offers no partisan races, the ballot will carry statewide referendums, races for the local school district’s board of directors and various issues, including:

– School bond – a hike in property taxes for a special building and technology fund seeking to increase total taxes by $4.3 million annually.

– School board – Barbara Schierkolk is not rerunning for president of the school board this year, and there are four candidates for here position: Greg Macik, Mary Ann Stavney, Vern Brock and Mark Beagley. Other open seats and the corresponding incumbents are: District C, Edwards, Keith Thompson; District B, Vail, Andy Arnold; and District A, Minturn, Connie Kincaide-Strahan.

– Referendum A – would expand the state’s power to issue bonds, up to $4 billion, to build or fix reservoirs and other water storage facilities.

– Video Lottery tourism – would allow video lottery machines in state’s horse and dog tracks to raise money to market tourism, and open space

– Vail Town Council – Four or five seats will be contested. The fifth depends on whether Mayor Ludwig Kurz, whose term ends in February, steps down before the election. If he doesn’t, he will keep his seat another three months and Vail will have to hold a special election in January to replace him.

– Gypsum – a ballot question to eliminate term restrictions for the mayor and Town Council members.

– Colorado Mountain College board of directors.

Low turnout expected

Although the county has about 19,000 registered voters, only 13,000 are active, Simonton said.

“I don’t think 13,000 will vote,” she added. “In and odd-year election, we have less voters.”

Last year, there was a 62 percent voter turnout, Simonton said.

“I wouldn’t expect it to be higher than 40 percent this election,” she added.

There also are several polling place changes to note:-

– All Vail precincts, 2, 12, 13 and 14 will vote at the Donovan Park Pavilion.-

– Avon precincts 15 and 19 will vote at the Avon Town Hall.-

– Avon precincts 17 and 18 will vote at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.-

Get ready to vote

– The last day to register to vote in this year’s election or to change your address is Oct. 6.

Absentee ballot applications are available from the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for those who are not able to – or prefer not – vote in person.-

– Contact the County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 328-8715 to request an application or to register to vote.

– Forms are not yet available online, but can be faxed.

– A full list of issues will be available Sept. 10.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.


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