Routt County voters have time to change status
July 22, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Nearly 37 percent of Routt County's 17,490 registered voters won't automatically receive a mail ballot for the Nov. 1 general election. But there's still time for them to resolve their "inactive" voter status.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland issued instructions Friday for how the county's 6,437 inactive voters can change their status. Inactive voters are those who are registered to vote but didn't cast a ballot in the 2010 general election. Inactive voters won't receive mail ballots in this fall's election unless they change their status.
Weinland said inactive voters were mailed information cards that can be returned by mail, fax or email to the Clerk and Recorder's Office by Oct. 3. Voters also can go to http://www.go
votecolorado.com or visit the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs to update their status.
Weinland said the same deadline applies to nonregistered voters who would like to cast a ballot in November.
The Clerk and Recorder's Office will mail ballots to county residents starting October. Mail ballots for military members will be sent Sept. 17.
Weinland added that the last day to request a mail ballot by mail is Oct. 25. The request can be made in person as late as Oct. 28. The Clerk and Recorder's Office must receive all ballots by mail or in person by 7 p.m. Nov. 1.
On the ballot
Voters will have a lot to consider at the polls in November.
Three seats on the Steamboat Springs City Council are up for election, including the seats of two incumbents who won't run. City Council members Meg Bentley, who represents District 2, and Jon Quinn won't seek second terms.
Until recently, Quinn, of District 3, was on the fence. He said Friday that while his term on the City Council was "fascinating, tremendously fulfilling," he has other obligations.
"It was an awesome way for me to be able to participate and give back to the community I love," he said. "I'll continue to find ways to do that. Right now, I know that my more important time commitments have to be work and family."
Bart Kounovsky, who was appointed to the City Council in September 2010 to the two-year at-large seat, could seek election to that seat or the four-year District 2 seat where he lives. He was out of town and couldn't be reached Friday. Council member Scott Myller, of District 1, has said he will seek re-election.
Two Steamboat Springs School Board members confirmed Friday that they wouldn't run again. Lisa Brown, who represents District 2, won't seek re-election. Laura Anderson, of District 5, said she probably won't run. President Robin Crossan, who represents District 4, couldn't be reached.
Brown, who recently was named executive director of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, declined to comment Friday about her decision. Anderson said that after putting in four years on the board she thought it was time to see if someone else wanted to step up.
In Hayden, School Board members Vance Fulton, who represents District B, and Sharon Nereson, of District D, said they haven't decided whether they will run. The West Routt Fire Protection District also is considering asking Hayden voters to approve a property tax increase.
Steamboat and Oak Creek voters will consider ballot questions to ban all medical marijuana businesses. All Routt County voters will consider a similar question to ban the future operation of Aloha's medical marijuana dispensary.
And Steamboat voters could consider a 0.25 percent sales tax to supplement the winter air service program, which was approved this week on first reading. A second reading is scheduled for Aug. 2.
Petition circulation for all potential candidates starts the first week in August.
To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com