Vail Valley voters cast first ballots |

Vail Valley voters cast first ballots

Melanie Wong
Eagle County, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyEdwards resident Jeanette Brown prepares to vote early Monday at the Eagle County Annex in Avon, Colorado. Brown decided to vote early because she will be working on Election Day.

EAGLE COUNTY ” About 172 residents showed up at the polls for the first day of early voting on Monday in Eagle County, Colorado.

“People are slowly coming in,” Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said. “It will get busier as we get closer to elections.”

Avon resident Ron Brethauer was one of the early voters at the polls. His choices were made, and he wanted to get the voting out of the way, he said.

“Sometimes you vote and other times you vote with conviction. I guess this is one of those years,” he said.

Voters said their main interest was the presidential race and some also felt this year’s election will make a difference.

“It’s a turning point,” Brethauer said. “Is it going to be socialism or the capital way of life? That is the question, and only the voter has the answer.”

Vail resident Jake Benton said he had his decisions made and was ready to cast his ballot on Monday.

“I know all my choices. More so in the last few years, I’ve definitely been more opinionated on things,” he said.

Besides the presidential race, the state and local races are pretty important, too, he said.

“More so than any other election, things are getting down to the wire, and things need to change,” Benton said.

He said he’s particularly concerned with reducing American dependence on oil and investing in sustainable energy.

Avon resident Gabe Hogan joked that besides voting early as a convenience, he hoped to end all the phone calls from campaigners.

Hogan said that besides the presidential race he was also interested ballot issues that deal with unions because they are “key issues to employment in Colorado.”

“I’ll look forward to seeing the results of this one, knowing that Colorado is a swing state,” Hogan said. “There’s lots of people on either side, and unaffiliateds as well.”

Voters who requested mail-in ballots can also drop off their ballots at the early voting locations. Mail-in ballots have not been processed yet.

This year about 10,500 voters requested mail-in ballots, compared to about 6,500 voters in the last presidential election, Simonton said.

There were 23,162 active, registered voters in Eagle County as of Oct. 4.For the first time, Democrats outnumbered Republicans, though the largest bloc of voters remains unaffiliated.

– When: Oct. 20 through Oct. 31, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Where: Eagle County Clerk and Recorder offices

Eagle ” 500 Broadway

Avon ” 100 W. Beaver Creek Boulevard

El Jebel ” 0020 Eagle County Drive

– Bring: Valid identification

– For more information:

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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