Deputy Clerk Kim Bonner stuffs envelopes with  mail in ballots  Monday afternoon at the Routt County Courthouse. Most of the ballots are processed and mailed out of Denver. However, the office does process and mail out ballots that were requested late.

Photo by John F. Russell

Deputy Clerk Kim Bonner stuffs envelopes with mail in ballots Monday afternoon at the Routt County Courthouse. Most of the ballots are processed and mailed out of Denver. However, the office does process and mail out ballots that were requested late.

Mail ballots go out today in Routt County

Voters still can request ballots for Nov. 2 election

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Polling locations

Early — Routt County Courthouse Annex Conference Room 1, 136 6th St., Steamboat Springs

1 — North Routt Community Charter School, 54200 Routt County Road 62, Clark

2, 5 — Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 398 S. Poplar St., Hayden

3, 4 — Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat

6, 7 — Steamboat Christian Center, 36103 E. U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat

8, 9 — Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 W. Colfax St., Oak Creek

10 — Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave., Yampa

11, 12 — Centennial Hall, 137 10th St., Steamboat

13, 14 — Courthouse Annex Conference Room 1, 136 6th St., Steamboat

15, 16 — Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, Steamboat

17, 18 — Mountain Resorts, 2150 Resort Drive, Steamboat

Ballot drop-off locations*

■ Routt County Clerk & Recorder’s Office

522 Lincoln Ave.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Other locations

■ Clark Store

54175 Routt County Road 129

■ Hayden Town Hall

178 W. Jefferson Ave.

■ Oak Creek Town Hall

129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

■ Yampa Town Hall

56 Lincoln St.

*All completed ballots must be returned to Clerk & Recorder’s Office or the Election Office by 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010, to be counted

Ballots can be dropped off at these locations through 3 p.m. Oct. 29

— Mail ballots for the Nov. 2 election started going out today, but there’s still time to request one for Routt County voters not on the list.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said voters have until Oct. 26 to request a mail ballot be sent to them. Mail ballots can be picked up in person at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office until Oct. 29.

Residents who haven’t registered to vote, however, are out of luck. The voter registration deadline already has passed.

Unlike recent elections — including the August primary, the Steamboat 700 annexation vote in March and the November 2009 general election — this fall’s election is not mail-only. Instead, mail ballots will be sent only to those voters who previously requested one. Regular booth voting also will be available for the Nov. 2 election.

Voters who want to check whether they requested a mail ballot can call the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 970-870-5558, Weinland said. Voters who previously have requested a mail ballot will continue to receive one in future elections provided they remain on the active voter list.

Weinland said 5,548 of the county’s 13,211 registered active voters requested mail ballots.

“As you can see, we are getting very close to half of our active voters requesting mail-in ballots,” she said Monday.

Mail ballots can be requested by visiting the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, or by downloading the mail ballot application form at www.steam

boatpilot.com/election2010.

Of the county’s registered active voters, Weinland said 4,200 are Democrats and 4,273 are Republicans. She said 77 are Libertarian, 18 have declared their affiliation to the American Constitution Party, and 99 are members of the Green Party.

The number of unaffiliated voters in the county was unavailable Monday.

Weinland said completed mail ballots can be dropped off at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office today through 7 p.m. Nov. 2. They can be dropped off at other designated locations in the county until Oct. 29.

Completed ballots also can be mailed, but they must be received by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by Nov. 2. Weinland said a 44-cent postage stamp should be enough, but she encouraged voters to check with their local branch of the U.S. Postal Service to be sure.

Weinland reminded voters to completely fill in the boxes on their ballot with blue or black ink. And she said voters need to sign the back of the envelope underneath the flap to have their ballot counted.

Residents who requested a mail ballot but would rather vote in person still can do so, Weinland said. She said those voters would need to surrender their mail ballot at the Routt County Courthouse if they want to vote early — early voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays between Oct. 18 and 29 — or at their designated precinct polling location on Election Day.

Any voters who cast their ballots at polling locations must take with them an acceptable form of identification, Weinland said. She said those include a Colorado driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, government identification card, or a current utility bill or bank statement with a street address.

Campaign calendar

Today to Saturday — Ballots mailed to all registered voters who requested a mail-in ballot.

Today — Candidate forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, at about 1 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand, featuring county coroner candidates or their representatives. Other candidates to be announced. Rotarians and their guests are welcome.

Today — A meet and greet with Republican Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Today — State Rep. Randy Baum­gardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, will meet with residents about his recent trip to Arizona from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Wednesday — A Community Agricultural Alliance, Northwest Colorado Farmer’s Union, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, and Routt County League of Women Voters community forum about Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 at 11:30 a.m. at Rex’s American Grill & Bar. Rich Jones, director of policy and research for the Bell Policy Center, will give a presentation.

Wednesday — League of Women Voters candidate forum, 7 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call Jo Stanko at 970-879-3936.

Thursday — Candidate forum hosted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, and Routt County Democratic and Republican parties, at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. A social hour is from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the forum.

Thursday — The Improve Soroco Schools committee hosts a public meeting about ballot issue 3A, a property tax increase, at 7 p.m. at the Stagecoach fire station.

Oct. 18 — Early voting begins. Voters who didn’t request a mail-in ballot can cast a ballot at the Routt County Courthouse.

Oct. 19 — Candidate forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, at about 1 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand, featuring county sheriff candidates or their representatives. Other candidates to be announced. Rotarians and their guests are welcome.

Oct. 26 — Last day to request a ballot through the mail.

Oct. 29 — Early voting ends. Drop-off locations outside Steamboat no longer will accept ballots.

Nov. 2 — Election Day. Polling locations will be open across the county, according to precinct.

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