Routt tops 16,000 voters

Registration numbers increasing as Monday deadline nears

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To register

Voter registration forms and sample ballots are available online at www.co.routt.co.u..., at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse, and in the county Elections Office at 624 Lincoln Ave., behind Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Voters may register in person until 4:30 p.m. Monday. Mailed registration forms will be accepted as long as they are postmarked no later than Monday.

Early voting

For the general election, early voting will take place from Oct. 20 to 31 in Steamboat Springs, and on Oct. 25 in Hayden and Oak Creek.

- Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St., Steamboat Springs

Oct. 20 to 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 to 31, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Hayden Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 398 S. Poplar St., Hayden

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., Oak Creek

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- For more comprehensive information about local and regional elections, ballot issues, polling locations and voting times, see the Steamboat Pilot & Today's 2008 Election Guide, to be published with the newspaper Oct. 10 and Oct. 24.

— With Monday's voter registration deadline looming, more than 16,000 Routt County residents were registered to vote as of Thursday, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said.

The U.S. Census Bureau listed Routt County's population at just more than 21,500 in 2006. That number likely is larger now - in addition to documented growth, city planners contested U.S. Census data in July when they said 2007 figures underestimated Steamboat Springs' population by about 2,000 residents.

Regardless of the numbers, Weinland said local voter registration is increasing.

"It's changing minute by minute - I've got six people doing data entry," Weinland said.

Weinland expected a flurry of activity today and Monday, which is the deadline to register to vote or change your registered address in time to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voter registration forms and sample ballots are available online at www.co.routt.co.us/clerk, at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse, and in the county Elections Office at 624 Lincoln Ave., behind Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Voters may register in person until 4:30 p.m. Monday. Mailed registration forms will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by Monday.

Voters who have not updated their registration information by Monday will be required to cast a provisional ballot, which is given to voters of uncertain identification. Provisional ballots are verified and counted after regular and absentee ballots.

Local voters should check their registration at www.govotecolorado.com to ensure their address and other voter information is current. New residents should take special note of Monday's deadline, which may be further from Election Day than they're used to.

Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday that many people move to Routt County prior to ski season from states where you can register at the polls on Election Day, and it's important for them to remember that's not the case in Colorado.

Almost one-third of active Routt County voters have requested mail-in ballots for the upcoming election, heeding calls from state and local officials to vote early or by mail to prevent long lines at the polls Nov. 4.

"Mail-in ballots are a lot more time-intensive per voter, but it makes Election Day easier," Deputy Clerk Kim Bonner said.

More than 4,500 mail-in ballots already have been ordered, Bonner said. Registered voters can request that a ballot be mailed to them through Oct. 28, and they can pick up a mail-in ballot in person as late as Oct. 31.

Mail-in ballots also can be dropped off at sites around the county - allowing voters to save on postage, Weinland said - including town halls in Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa, the Clark Store in North Routt and the Clerk and Recorder's Office in Steamboat.

Weinland said voters who request a mail-in ballot but then decide to vote at the polls will be required to cast a provisional ballot.

The first round of mail-in ballots were picked up from the printer Thursday and will start being sent no later than Monday, Weinland said.

"We're going to work through the weekend," she said. "We're working on getting them out as quickly as we can."

Comments

Terry Noble 6 years, 1 month ago

I am extremely pleased to see this percentage! I pray the best men and women get the victories. Thank you Routt County and Kay a job well done! This will probably be an election that goes down in the history books.

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