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20 percent of active voters have already returned their ballots

— With just one week until the official Election Day, nearly 24 percent of Routt County's active voters have returned their completed election ballots, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Monday afternoon.

Of the 2,817 ballots ret­urned, 2,801 have been accepted. That equates to 23.8 percent of the 11,753 ballots the Clerk and Recorder's Office had mailed to active voters.

"I think it's an indication we're having a really good turnout for this election," Weinland said. "In 2007, we had 40 percent turnout total for the coordinated election. The fact that we've gotten almost 24 percent back so far is a good sign. But we won't know for sure until we get the last ballot in by 7 p.m. Nov. 1."

The results of all returned ballots won't be available until after the polls officially close at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

Election deputy Kim Bonner said 16 of the completed ballots were rejected because the voters forgot to sign their ballot envelopes or there was a signature discrepancy. She said a letter was sent to those voters, who can either sign their ballots or address the discrepancy up until eight days after the election.

The county has 17,660 registered voters, more than 6,000 of whom are inactive. Those voters still can cast a ballot by going to the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the historic Routt County Courthouse until 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

All voters can drop off their completed ballots at the downtown courthouse. Or voters living in other parts of the county can drop off ballots at satellite locations at Hayden Town Hall, the Clark Store, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall until 3 p.m. Oct. 28.

The Clerk's Office has extended its hours at the downtown courthouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week and Monday. The office will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Tuesday, the deadline for all ballots.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com