Election Guide: Early voting begins Oct. 18

Registered voters also can cast a mail-in ballot, vote in person Nov. 2

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Election 2010

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Routt County voting precincts

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Steamboat Springs voting precincts

— Election Day is Nov. 2, but voters have a couple of options if they prefer to weigh in before that date: early voting and mail-in ballots.

Early voting runs from Oct. 18 through Oct. 29 at the Routt County Courthouse, Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. Other polling locations in the county will be open only Nov. 2. Voters who requested mail-in ballots were scheduled to start receiving them last week, and voters who would like to vote by mail can request a ballot through Oct. 26 online and at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Voters still can update their registration information at the clerk’s office.

“I would say they can update their record in our office through Oct. 29, but we would print the poll books on that weekend,” Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said. That means voters who update their information after Oct. 29 will have to take their certificate of registration to their assigned polling place, she said.

Early voting is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.

Polls will be open across Routt County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters must have photo forms of identification to cast a ballot, though they do not need their voter registration cards. To see a full list of acceptable voter identification, visit the Colorado secretary of state’s election website, www.govotecolorado.com. Click on “Elections home” on the left and then “list of acceptable forms of identification.” Other voting information also is available on that page.

Clerk and recorder

To update your voter information online or to request a mail-in ballot, visit www.co.routt.co.us and then click on “Clerk & Recorder” and “Go to Elections.” Call the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 970-870-5556 with questions or for more information.

Secretary of state

The secretary of state’s election website is www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.htm.

Election calendar

■ Oct. 18

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

■ 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.

■ Nov. 2

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

Which precinct am I in?

■ Clark

Precinct 1

■ Columbine

Precinct 1

■ Hahn's Peak

Precinct 1

■ Hayden

North of U.S. Highway 40: Precinct 2

South of U.S. Highway 40: Precinct 5

■ Milner

North of U.S. Highway 40 and Hayden School District: Precinct 2

South of U.S. Highway 40 and Hayden School District: Precinct 5

North of U.S. Highway 40 and Steamboat Springs School District: Precinct 3

South of U.S. Highway 40 and Steamboat Springs School District: Precinct 6

■ Oak Creek

Precinct 8

■ Phippsburg

Precinct 8

■ Steamboat Springs

Precincts 11 through 18. See enlarged Steamboat Springs map on next page.

Northeast of city limits: Precinct 4

Southeast of city limits: Precinct 7

Northwest of city limits: Precinct 3

Southwest of city limits: Precinct 6

■ Toponas

Precinct 10

■ Yampa

Precinct 10

If you're unsure which precinct you live in, call the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Election Office at 970-870-5558.

Where do I vote?

■ Early voting

Routt County Courthouse Annex Conference Room 1, 136 Sixth St., Steamboat Springs (Early voting ends Oct. 29. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Hours are extended to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.)

■ Precinct 1

North Routt Charter School, 54200 Routt County Road 62, Clark

■ Precincts 2 and 5

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

■ Precincts 3 and 4

Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs

■ Precincts 6 and 7

Steamboat Christian Center, 36103 E. U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat Springs

■ Precincts 8 and 9

Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 W. Colfax, Oak Creek

■ Precinct 10

Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave., Yampa

■ Precincts 11 and 12

Centennial Hall, 137 10th St., Steamboat Springs

■ Precincts 13 and 14

Routt County Courthouse Annex Conference Room 1, 136 Sixth St., Steamboat Springs

■ Precincts 15 and 16

Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs

■ Precincts 17 and 18

Mountain Resorts Building, guest lounge, 2150 Resort Drive, Steamboat Springs

Where do I drop off my mail-in ballot?

All mail-in ballots must be returned to Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office by 7 p.m. Nov. 2. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 26.

■ Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office

522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs

You may drop off your ballot at the following

locations through 3 p.m. Oct. 29:

■ 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.

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