Seven tax increases on the Eagle County ballot |

Seven tax increases on the Eagle County ballot

Randy Wyrickrwyrick@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
CVR Election DT 8-9-10

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Local voters will decide the fates of seven tax increase requests and four education board races, and fewer voters will make that call, says Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton.Eagle County will have around 20,000 active voters for this fall’s mail-ballot election, Simonton said, a few thousand fewer than last year’s governor’s election.This November’s election is mail-ballot only, and you’ll automatically get one only if you’re an active voter, Simonton said.If you don’t get a ballot but want to vote, you have to contact the clerk’s office, Simonton said.Not everyone votes on everything, Simonton said. Eligibility to vote on a particular race or issue depends on where you live.Ballots are scheduled to be mailed the week of Oct. 10. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

You’re an active voter if:• You voted in last year’s election.• If you didn’t, you’re inactive.• You should have received a postcard from the Clerk and Recorder’s office asking if you want your status changed from inactive to active.• To be reactivated, you have to return that postcard, or contact the County Clerk’s office.• You should have received a postcard in January.• If you did not respond, you should have received a postcard in June.• If you want to vote in this fall’s election, you have until Oct. 3 to get your ducks in a huddle.Right now, Eagle County has 18,111 active voters, down from around 24,000 total voters.The county still has 5,873 inactive voters, Simonton said.Simonton and her staff have sent out around 7,000 postcards to inactive voters, she said. They’re gotten about 1,500 back as undeliverable, she said.”Some have left the area. Some are still around but haven’t updated their voter registration. Chances are they’re still here or we would have gotten the postcard back,” Simonton said.Voters can register to vote or update their existing registration at registration forms are available at Clerk and Recorder offices in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel, as well as at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County. Simonton said that if this year’s election is like most off-year mail-in ballots, she’ll see about a 50 percent voter turnout.The town of Vail runs it own election and it’s the following week.

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