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Monday last day to register to vote

Scott N. Miller

Election day is Nov. 1EAGLE COUNTY – Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 1 election.People who didn’t vote last year, or have moved, can register in person at any of the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s offices in Eagle, El Jebel or Avon. Voters can also register by mail. Registration forms are available at any of the clerk’s offices or on-line. Those who register in person must either show a valid Colorado driver’s license or state identification card, or provide the last four digits of their Social Security number.Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 3. Those forms must be mailed with a copy of a valid driver’s license.To be eligible to vote, people must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old who have lived at a local address for at least 30 days. This year’s ballot is long, but not particularly complicated, County Clerk Teak Simonton said.There are only two statewide ballot issues, referendums C and D. Those questions ask voters to let the state keep five years’ worth of tax refunds now required by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR, amendment, passed in 1992.Referendum D asks voters to give the state permission to go into debt for road improvements, using money made available by Referendum C.Local issues on the ballot include a yes-or-no question about forming a “home rule” commission, and a long list of candidates for the commission. If voters approve creating the commission, it will spend most of next year reorganizing the county’s government and that plan could be sent to voters next year.That charter could include changes such as increasing the number of county commissioners, or making appointed jobs out of some county positions that are now elected, such as treasurer or coroner. Voters will also be asked to endorse a county smoking ban. If voters agree, smoking would be eliminated in unincorporated areas of the county such as Edwards, Eagle-Vail and Beaver Creek. The ban would not apply to towns.Besides the state and county questions, Minturn voters have a pair of questions to answer. One is a “use tax” on building materials. The other is a lodging tax.Voters in this part of the county will also see candidates for the West Grand School District, but can ignore it.”That only applies to about 20 voters in the whole county,” Simonton said.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail ColoradoWhat: 2005 electionWhen: Nov. 1Registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 3How to vote: By mail, or in person at three locations on election dayMore information: Call 328-8730 or http://www.eaglecounty.us/Clerk/elections.cfm