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Absentee ballots may slow vote count

Scott N. Miller
Kira Horvath/Vail DailyTom Edwards give a thumbs up to one of his supporters as he campaigns outside the Edwards Elementary School on Tuesday.

EAGLE COUNTY ” As voting opened Tuesday morning, Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton knew a flood might hit.

That flood was 1,500 absentee ballots that hadn’t yet been returned to Simonton’s office as of Tuesday morning. A total of about 5,500 such ballots had been requested.

“If we get hit with a ton of them at 5 p.m., we might be pretty late tonight,” Simonton said.

At mid-morning, a steady stream of absentee ballots were coming into the office in Eagle. But, Simonton said, those ballots were being run through the counting machines almost as soon as they came in.

While the machine counting was going well, many of the paper ballots have a smudge that means six state ballot issues have to be hand-counted.

While a lot of absentee ballots were still floating around Tuesday morning, not all of them would be returned. Simonton said the return rate for absentee ballots is about 90 percent.

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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