County ballots are in the mail |

County ballots are in the mail

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE – The first Eagle County election ballots were put in the mail Friday. They should be in mailboxes in the next few days.More than 20,000 ballots will be mailed out this fall. All county voters will be asked to cast ballots on a pair of state questions, and a handful of local questions.Voters will be asked to impose a smoking ban in the county. That ban would affect only areas including Beaver Creek, Eagle-Vail and Edwards. The ban would not affect local towns.The ballot also asks voters to approve creating a “home rule” committee. That committee would investigate how to change the way the county government works. The most-discussed change could be increasing the number of county commissioners, but changes could also affect the way the county’s planning commissions operate. The commission could also propose changing some now-elected county offices to jobs that are appointed by the county commissioners.Voters will also pick an 11-member charter commission, which, if the home rule questions passes, will create a proposed new county charter. Voters will have a chance to vote on that charter next year.Residents who believe they’re properly registered but didn’t receive ballots have until Oct. 21 to ask for a ballot to be mailed to them. Voters can ask for ballots in person until election day, Nov. 1.All ballots must be received in any of the three Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s offices – in Eagle, El Jebel and Avon – by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 to be counted.For more information, call 328-8715.Vail, Colorado

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