Vail Daily column: It’s election season |

Vail Daily column: It’s election season

Teak J. Simonton
Valley Voices

The Nov. 4 general election is less than two months from now, and we are busy preparing the ballot and testing the voting equipment. This year’s ballot will ask voters to choose between candidates in federal races for the U.S. House and Senate. Statewide races include governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and Colorado House and Senate. County offices up for election are Commissioner District 2, Commissioner District 3, sheriff, clerk & recorder, treasurer, assessor, surveyor and coroner. Town of Avon voters will choose four members to serve on their Town Council. The towns of Red Cliff and Basalt both have several questions. There will also be several statewide amendments and propositions.

This election will be a mail ballot election, and ballots will be mailed automatically to all registered active voters at their mailing address on record. If an alternate address should be used, please contact the Clerk & Recorder election department as soon as possible because by law, ballots cannot be forwarded. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 15.

Sign the Affidavit

Before returning your ballot, don’t forget to sign the affidavit on the back of your ballot envelope. Do not sign for anyone else under penalty of perjury. We compare every signature to our voter registration scanned images, and if our signature verifying judges decide that they do not match, a letter will be sent to you for further verification. We are compelled to report unresolved signature discrepancies to the district attorney after the election, so if you get one of these letters, then be sure to respond according to the directions.

Voter Service and polling centers will be available starting on Oct. 16 in our three locations: Eagle, El Jebel and Avon. These centers will offer disabled access electronic voting, voter registration services, replacement ballots and ballot drop boxes through Election Day. This year we will also offer a ballot drop box in Vail on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Nov. 3 during business hours and on Nov. 4, Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The official composite ballot, which includes all ballot races and issues, will be posted on our website by Sept. 17 and will be published in local papers in mid-October. Please be aware that although all races and issues will be published, your eligibility to vote on a candidate or issue depends on where you reside.

Residency and Registration

Every year we get questions about residency and voter registration. You must be 18 years old by Nov. 4 and a U.S. citizen to register to vote. State law requires that you register to vote at your primary place of residence, or in other words, where you live the majority of the time. It is unlawful to register in a county or precinct in which you no longer reside unless you are intending to return after a temporary absence.

The deadline to register to vote or change your address to receive a ballot by mail is Oct. 28. After that point, voters can register or make changes to existing registration in our offices to receive a ballot in person. Voter registration application forms are available online at under “Voting and Elections,” “Voter Registration” on the left hand side; at Clerk & Recorder offices located in Avon, El Jebel and Eagle; and at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County. Voters also have the option of registering or updating their information at

Find the Results

If you are anxious to know how Eagle County voted and plan to stay up late on election night, then preliminary results will be posted to as soon as they are ready. We will be tweeting updates on many races throughout the night after 7 p.m. Follow us on Twitter @ecclerk. Typically, we have a substantial report published by 10 p.m. and will update these reports as additional results are tallied.

In the event that all ballots cannot be processed and scanned before 1 a.m., we plan to adjourn for the evening and reconvene to continue counting the remaining ballots at 8 a.m. Nov. 5.

For questions about registration, or the election, please call our Election Department at 970-328-8715 or send me an email at teak.simonton@eagle

Teak J. Simonton is Eagle County’s clerk and recorder.

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