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Steamboat Springs resident Katie Newton, left, changes her mailing address Monday with the help of Routt County Clerk Barbara Houston. Voters have until the end of the day Tuesday to register to vote.
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Steamboat Springs The Routt County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Steamboat Springs is running low on Romney/Ryan campaign signs.
The Routt County Democratic Party is using its Facebook cover photo to challenge supporters to turn Colorado from a tossup state to a solid blue state.
As Nov. 6 nears, political campaigns are ramping up in the Yampa Valley, and voters here have until the end of the day Tuesday to register to vote in the upcoming election that will determine the nation's next president as well as local and state races like county commissioner seats, House District 26 and Senate District 8. There also are a couple of statewide ballot initiatives, including an amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.
Up until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, residents can register to vote or confirm their registration at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. To avoid any potential lines, prospective voters also can visit www.govotecolorado.com to register or to change their address and political party affiliations. The online system also can be used to confirm a registration.
As early voting nears, the Clerk and Recorder's Office has become a busy place.
County Clerk Kay Weinland estimated Monday that her staff has processed 100 to 200 voter registrations a day in recent weeks. She added that voter registration drives and the ability to register online has tamed lines at her courthouse office.
“It's really taken a lot of pressure off of people standing in line in my office,” she said.
Weinland expects her office to mail approximately 8,000 ballots Oct. 15 to voters who have requested them. Residents who receive a mail-in ballot can choose to vote in person by surrendering their mail ballot. However, if they vote on Eleciton Day and not during early voting, they will have to fill out a provisional ballot.
Early in-person voting runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to 26 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 at the Routt County Courthouse annex.
Polling locations throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.
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