It costs about $.60 to mail in county ballot |

It costs about $.60 to mail in county ballot

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE ” This year’s Eagle County ballot is heavier than a cable bill. That means it costs more to mail.

Postage for this year’s ballot is about 60 cents. Most people who have voted so far have the right amount of stamps on their envelopes. But quite a few have just slapped on a 37-cent stamp and mailed them off.

Those envelopes are still getting through.

Eagle Postmaster Sam McGibbon said his office is sending all ballots straight to Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton’s office.

So far, though, there haven’t been a lot of ballots returned. As of Thursday afternoon, fewer than 5,000 ballots had been mailed in, Simonton said. That’s only about 25 percent of the number sent out.

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“In the 2001 election we had turnout in the mid-40 percent range,” Simonton said. “We think Monday (Oct. 31) will be a big day.”

Part of the problem could be virtually every calendar printed in the U.S. for 2005. Most of those calendars list Nov. 8 as election day. That isn’t the case in Colorado.

“I just hope people have been paying attention,” Simonton said.

Ballots mailed from anywhere in the valley on Monday will probably be in Eagle on Tuesday, Nov. 1. But Diana Pereida at the Edwards Post Office said to be on the safe side, the best bet is to mail ballots by Saturday, Oct. 29.

Mailed ballots must be received at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Ballots can be hand-delivered to clerk’s offices in Eagle, Avon and El Jebel until 7 p.m. on election day.

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