Election Day draws near

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Election Day is tomorrow, and if early voting numbers indicate how the day will go, the polls will be bustling.

"I think it's going to be a really great turnout for an odd-year election," said Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland.

Ballot issues and races voters will see, depending on where they live:

Colorado residents can vote on referendums C and D. Referendum C would allow the state to keep revenues it collects above the Taxpayers Bill of Rights limits for the next five years and spend it on education, health care or transportation projects. Referendum D would permit the state government to borrow money though bonding to complete a specific list of road and bridge construction projects across the state. D cannot take place unless C passes.

Routt County residents can vote on referendums 1A and 1B. Referendum 1A would approve the extension of a 1-mill property tax to preserve ranchlands and natural areas. Referendum 1B proposes a mill levy that would raise $832,000 to support Horizons Specialized Services.

Steamboat Springs residents, no matter which district they live in, can vote on a City Council candidate to take on a seat from each race: District 1, District 2, District 3 and at-large.

Residents of school districts, no matter which part of the district they live in, can vote on school board members to take each seat.

Residents of the East Routt Library District can vote on referendums 5A and 5B. 5B requests an $11.4 million bond issue to fund the construction of an expansion to Bud Werner Memorial Library. 5A proposes a mill levy to fund the upkeep and utility bills for the expanded library. The East Routt Library District is the same as the RE-2 School District.

Residents living within the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's area can vote on Referendum 5C, which would allow the Housing Authority to retain reserves and keep any unexpected grant and gift monies it did not budget for the previous year. The coverage area for this ballot issue is larger than the city of Steamboat Springs, but does not include all of Routt County.

Early voting started Oct. 17 and ended Friday afternoon. A total of 2,143 people cast early ballots, and 429 absentee ballots have been turned in. Additional absentee ballots may continue to trickle in; they are due by 7 p.m. Tuesday. In the last odd-year election, 1,380 people voted early or by absentee ballot.

There has been some confusion about when Election Day is, Weinland said. Many calendars list Nov. 8 as Election Day, but the day is actually Tuesday, which is tomorrow. The Clerk and Recorder's office has received calls from people who were confused about the date.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters should bring identification. Absentee and early voting results won't be released until after the polls close. The Clerk and Recorder's office will continuously post result updates on its Web site. Log on to www.co.routt.co.us and click on the Clerk and Recorder icon. The Web site also contains sample ballots, a precinct map and other election-related information.

It's important for people who have moved to change their addresses so they can go to the correct polling locations, Weinland said. People who moved before Oct. 2 must go to the clerk's office to change their registrations. People who moved Oct. 3 and after should go to their previously assigned polling locations and change their voting addresses there.

Precinct locations have changed. Weinland recommends looking at the clerk's Web site or calling her office to see where the locations are. Anyone with any other last-minute questions about elections can call the Clerk and Recorder's Office at 870-5556.

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