Early Eagle County voting starts Oct. 18 | VailDaily.com

Early Eagle County voting starts Oct. 18

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – You don’t have to stand in line on Election Day unless you want to. Eagle County has a couple of options for people who’d rather vote early than wait for Nov. 2, when, history teaches, it can snow, and snow hard.

One of those options is early voting. People can show up in person at Eagle County Clerk and Recorder offices in Eagle, El Jebel and Avon, and can cast ballots if their voter registration is active. The offices will be open during regular business hours, and on one Saturday, Oct. 23.

“We did it in 2008 and it worked well,” Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said. “We’re not required to do it, but it’s more convenient for a lot of voters.”

Besides early voting, people can request mail ballots, which used to be called “absentee ballots” until the state changed the official name this year.

Whatever they’re called, voters can ask to have a ballot mailed to them, which can then be returned by mail or by dropping it off at one of the three clerk and recorder offices.

People can ask for mail ballots in person, by mail or fax, or if they scan and e-mail a signed request form to Simonton’s office.

The deadline to request a mail ballot is Oct. 26, but Simonton said that date, just a week before Election Day, might be pushing things.

“We’d really encourage someone to get that request in sooner,” she said.

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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