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Vail Valley Voices: General election looms

Teak J. Simonton
Vail, CO, Colorado

The Nov. 2 general election is less than two months away. Along with the candidate races for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state representative, University of Colorado regent, state Board of Education and contested local races for county commissioner in District 3, sheriff and surveyor, there will be state amendments and referenda and a number of municipal races and issues.

This election will be a polling-place election, and all locations will have paper ballots available, along with the electronic voting machines many of you have used in previous elections. Voters will be able to choose their method of voting at all locations. Voters have several options, including requesting their ballot by mail, voting early at any of our branch locations or voting in person on Election Day.

The official composite, which includes all ballot races and issues, is posted on our website and will be published in local papers in mid-October. Please be aware that although all races and issues will appear on the sample ballot, your eligibility to vote for a candidate or on an issue depends on where you reside.

Oct. 4 is the last date to register to vote or update your residence address if you’ve moved. Voter registration application forms are available online at under “Voting and Elections” on the left hand side or at clerk and recorder offices located in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel, as well as at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County. Completed forms can be faxed, e-mailed or mailed but must be received or postmarked on or before Oct. 4.

All voters will have the option of voting early at any of our offices on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 18 through Oct. 29. This year, we will also offer early voting on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel.

Voters who prefer to vote by mail can request a ballot be mailed to them by completing and returning a mail-in ballot application, also available at under “Voting and Elections, Upcoming Elections” at the right side of the page.

The deadline for requesting a ballot by mail is Oct. 26. All mail ballots must be received in one of our offices by 7 on election night. Please be aware that ballots cannot be forwarded and ballots received after Nov. 2 cannot be counted.

Identification will be required for those choosing to vote in person early or on Election Day. There are many acceptable forms of identification, the most common of which are valid Colorado driver’s licenses, valid U.S. passports, Medicare cards and student IDs from accredited institutions of higher education in Colorado.

If you are anxious to know how Eagle County voted and plan to stay up late on election night, preliminary results will be posted to our website at as soon as possible. Typically, we have a substantial report published by 10 p.m. and will update the information as additional results are tallied.

For questions about your polling location, other acceptable forms of identification, whether or not you have already signed up to receive a mail ballot, or anything else related to the election, please call our Election Department at 970-328-8715 or send me an e-mail at

Teak J. Simonton is the Eagle County clerk and recorder.

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