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Still want to vote? Here’s how

EAGLE COUNTY — The election system these days is set up to make early voting easy. In fact, it will be harder this year to vote in person.

But some people, either through procrastination or simply wanting to vote in person, wait until election day. If you’re one of those people, here’s how to be sure your vote counts.

For everyone living outside of Vail, ballots can be turned in at Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s offices in Eagle, Avon and El Jebel. Those offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can either turn in your ballot or get a new one if yours was lost somehow.

A look at the issues, candidates

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Voters in most of the county are casting ballots for two statewide issues, as well as a good handful of local and regional issues.

• Statewide, voters are being asked about Amendment 66, an income-tax increase that will generate nearly $1 billion in its first year, with the money going toward preschool and state K-12 school districts. Voters are also considering Proposition AA, which would impose excise and retail taxes on marijuana sales.

• Regionally, Colorado Mountain College is holding a director election. People throughout the multi-county college district vote for all board members. Two of those seats have just one candidate: Charles Cunniffe in District 1 and local resident Glenn Davis for District 7. The District 3 seat is contested by Mary Ellen Denomy and Jay Rickstrew.

• Voters in Red Cliff are being asked two tax questions. The first, Ballot Issue 2H, is a property tax increase that town officials say is necessary to keep making payments on the town’s water system debt. Otherwise, they say, residents’ water bills will have to rise by roughly $600 per year.

Red Cliff voters are also being asked to impose a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana sales. There are no such stores in town now, nor have any applications been submitted.

• In Eagle, voters are being asked whether or not to allow retail marijuana stores in town. They’re also being asked to impose a $5-per-transaction fee on retail sales.

• The Gypsum Fire Protection District is also asking for a property tax increase to make up revenue lost during the last two county property valuation cycles. This proposal specifies that money will be used for general operations, new equipment for firefighters, truck replacement and repairs to the fire station’s concrete floors.

• Vail is holding a separate election for four seats on the town council. That means Vail residents who didn’t vote early must vote in person at town hall. The polling place is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Two council members are leaving this year — Kevin Foley due to term limits and Kerry Donovan because she’s running next year for a seat in the Colorado Senate. Incumbents Susie Tjossem and Greg Moffet are seeking re-election. Town residents Sounia Nejad Chaney, Dale Bugby, Dave Chapin, Meighen Lovelace and Jenn Bruno are also running for council this year.

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