A record number of people in Routt County have applied for absentee ballots, confirming the county clerk's prediction this will be a historical year at the polls.
"We almost have as many absentee ballots as the number of people who voted in the primary," County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Monday.
However, the two main political parties are making Weinland and her staff's job more difficult.
The Democrats and Republicans have been sending out postcards to voters. The postcards are supposed to allow a voter to sign and mail it, and then supposedly receive an absentee ballot in return.
The problem, Weinland said, is that the postcards often list a P.O. Box and not a physical address.
"We can't issue an absentee ballot without a physical address," Weinland said. "On Friday, 64 people applied for absentee ballots in the wrong way."
Weinland says the best way to get an absentee ballot is to come to her office in the Routt County Courthouse or get an application at municipal offices, post offices or libraries around the county.
In the meantime, early voting at the clerk and recorder's office is from Oct. 23-Nov. 3.
Sample ballots are now available in the clerk's office and will be sent out to county libraries and towns around the county.
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