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Clerk urges vote by absentee ballot

Daily Staff Report

EAGLE COUNTY – County clerk Teak Simonton is warning that this November’s ballot will be a crowded one, with 50 or more issues and races.

She’s encouraging voters to consider voting by absentee ballot, because lines on Election Day will likely be long at polling places.

In addition to local and state races for elected offices, three more initiatives ” including one defining marriage as between a man and a woman ” will be on the November ballot.

That brings the total number of initiatives approved so far to six.

An ethics initiative would ban gifts from lobbyists and make lawmakers take two years off before returning to the Colorado Capitol to work as lobbyists.

The third initiative asks voters to set Colorado’s minimum wage at $6.85 per hour with annual adjustments for inflation.

Their titles and numbers are “Ethics in Government,” Amendment 41; “Colorado Minimum Wage,” Amendment 42; and “Marriage,” Amendment 43.

The ballot will also include seven referred measures from the Colorado Legislature, ranging from a domestic partnership proposal to a reduction in property taxes for veterans.

Absentee ballots can be requested for the Nov. 7 election through Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Request forms are available at or by calling the clerk’s office at 328-8725.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Vail, Colorado

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