Polling places open at 7 a.m. today

Many races will be uncontested

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— People who wish to vote in today's primary elections can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at one of 20 polling places in the county.

Voters, however, won't have to spend much time lingering at the polls. None of the 15 offices on the ballots fielded any competition this year.

Neither the Republican nor the Democratic ballot lists any contested races for a lengthy list of national, state and county offices.

Many Republican candidates are already guaranteed a return to office in the Nov. 5 general election because April caucuses did not yield Democratic challengers for several positions in Routt County.

County Commissioner Dan Ellison, County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland, County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon, County Assessor Amy J. Williams, Sheriff John Warner and County Coroner Doug Allen face no opposition from the Democratic Party.

No one from either party is running for county surveyor. Current County Surveyor Ridgway Moon is an Independent.

About 150 people took advantage of early voting in Routt County.

The County Clerk and Recorder's Office reported Monday that 122 registered Republican voters and 33 registered Democratic voters participated in early voting, which ran last week at the courthouse.

As of August, 5,362 people in Routt County were registered with the Republican Party, compared to 4,169 Democrats.

About 7,300 registered voters were not affiliated with any party.

All absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk no later than 7 p.m. today.

Residents in Routt County who have not yet registered to vote can still vote in the Nov. 5 general election if they register at the courthouse by Oct. 7.

Voter registration forms can also be downloaded from the county's Web site at www.co.routt.co.us and mailed to the County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Early voting for the general election begins Oct. 21 and runs until Nov. 1, which is also the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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