Monday is last day to register to vote in Routt County election

Ballots will go in mail Oct. 12; several candidate forums in coming weeks

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For full 2010 election information — including sample ballots, a mail-ballot application, polling locations and more — visit the Routt County website at www.co.routt.co.us.

— A slew of political forums will take place across Routt County in the next two weeks, as candidates make their voices heard before early voting begins Oct. 18.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the election that culminates Nov. 2.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said unregistered citizens can stop by the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs or visit the county’s website at www.co.routt.co.us and click the “register to vote online” link.

Registered voters can update their information and party affiliation until Election Day, Nov. 2.

Ballots will be mailed from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 to voters who have requested permanent mail-ballot status or a mail ballot for this election only.

Mail ballots can be requested at the downtown courthouse or online at the county site through Oct. 26.

Weinland reminded voters that mailing a ballot would require a 44-cent stamp.

When early voting begins Oct. 18, residents who received a ballot in the mail and choose not to mail it back can drop it off at five county locations: the Routt County Courthouse Annex, Yampa Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall, Hayden Town Hall and the Clark Store in North Routt County.

From Oct. 18 to Oct. 29, registered voters can cast a ballot in person at the courthouse annex, on Sixth Street in downtown Steamboat.

Polling locations will be open across the county Nov. 2, for in-person voting on Election Day.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, Routt County had a total of 13,158 active, registered voters as of Aug. 1. Of those, 4,317 were Democrats, 4,296 were Republicans and 4,361 were unaffiliated.

The county also is home to 94 active voters from the Green Party, 77 active Libertarians and 12 active voters from the American Constitution Party.

Candidate forums already have begun in Routt County, with a North Routt event Sept. 12 and a First Impressions of Routt County event last week.

Next up is a Tuesday forum in Oak Creek, in the South Routt School District offices behind Soroco High School.

Forum organizer Bill Auer said Routt County sheriff candidates Gary Wall, the Demo­cratic incumbent, and Garrett Wiggins, a Republican, have confirmed their attendance.

Other candidates are pending confirmation, but Auer said the focus likely would be on Wall and Wiggins.

“Probably the one office that most affects South Routt would be the sheriff’s department,” Auer said. “We’re tickled to have (the event) down here in South Routt — we feel like sometimes we get ignored.”

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Campaign calendar

Thursday — The Improve Soroco Schools committee hosts a public meeting about ballot issue 3A at 7 p.m. at Yampa Town Hall.

Friday — Grand opening of Routt County Republican Central Committee’s campaign headquarters, 6 p.m., in The Victoria building at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue (entrance is on 10th Street side)

Monday — Last day to register to vote in this election. Stop by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, or visit the Routt County website at www.co.routt.co.us and click the “register to vote online” link. Registered voters can change their information up to Nov. 2.

Tuesday — South Routt candidate forum, 7 p.m. at the South Routt School District offices, behind Soroco High School in Oak Creek. The League of Women Voters will facilitate the forum, which follows the booster club’s chili cook-off from 5 to 7 p.m. Call forum organizer Bill Auer at 970-736-0197.

Oct. 6 — The Routt County Republican Central Committee meets at noon in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse. Call Chairman Jack Taylor at 970-879-1880.

Oct. 6 — Hayden candidate forum, 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds. Call Ray and Marlene Birch at 970-846-7647 or 970-276-1231.

Oct. 7 – Routt County Democratic Party lunch with senior citizens and the Routt County Council on Aging, at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Some candidates will speak at the event. Call Catherine Carson at 970-870-2896.

Oct. 7 — The Improve Soroco Schools committee hosts a public meeting about ballot issue 3A at 7 p.m. at the South Routt School District offices in Oak Creek.

Oct. 8 — Routt County Republican Central Committee’s pig roast is at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Event features a barbecued swine from the junior livestock auction at this year’s Routt County Fair. Event is free for senior citizens and their visiting guests. The Council on Aging will provide transportation from across the county. Sam Haslem, Chuck Vale and county fire chiefs will be barbecuing. Candidates will serve food. Volunteers can arrive at 10:30 a.m., help serve and then have lunch. Call Jeanne Whiddon at 970-734-4074.

Oct. 9 — Democratic Colorado attorney general candidate Stan Garnett visits for a public meet and greet at noon at the Abbott residence, 140 Park Ave.

Oct. 12 to 16 — Ballots mailed to all registered voters who requested a mail-in ballot.

Oct. 12 — 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.

Oct. 12 — 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.

Oct. 12 — 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.

Oct. 13 — League of Women Voters candidate forum, 7 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call Jo Stanko at 970-879-3936.

Oct. 14 — 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.

Oct. 14 — The Improve Soroco Schools committee hosts a public meeting about ballot issue 3A 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.

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

Know of an event that’s not listed here? Contact Mike Lawrence at 970-871-4233 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com.

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