Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to drop off ballots
November 3, 2013
Steamboat Springs — With general Election Day on Tuesday, voters have just hours now to get their ballots in to the Routt County Courthouse.
The Routt County Clerk & Recorder’s Office will stop accepting ballots by 7 p.m. Tuesday. And as of Friday, it is the only place accepting completed ballots in Routt County.
The elections office began sending out ballots in mid-October for the mail-in-only election, but voter turnout reportedly was extremely low as of Thursday. About 20 percent of the 15,000 ballots that were mailed out were turned in.
Across Colorado, there is a similar trend of low voter turnout. The Longmont Times-Call reported Sunday that as of Friday night, Boulder County had received less than 25 percent of its distributed ballots.
Through Tuesday, voters will decide state and local issues, many pertaining to educational matters. State ballot issues include a proposed record-setting income tax increase for educational funding through Amendment 66, for which support and opposition continue to pour in. It was reported by The Denver Post late last week that pro-Amendment 66 campaign funding exceeded $10.2 million.
Also statewide, voters must decide whether to pass a 15 percent excise tax on the average wholesale price of retail marijuana through Proposition AA. If passed, the tax dollars would go to help public school construction.
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In Routt County, hot-button issues include how lodging tax dollars are spent through Referendum 2A. Sign wielders took to Lincoln Avenue for much of last week to support its potential to bring millions of dollars to local trails and the Yampa River promenade.
Also, a number of Steamboat Springs City Council seats are up for grabs, as well as Steamboat Springs School Board seats and the future of how those seats are appointed.
A full list of ballot issues with details can be found at SteamboatToday.com/news/election.
Because time is limited, voters are strongly encouraged to drop off their ballots at the Routt County Courthouse downtown in lieu of mailing them in. The courthouse closes at 4:30 p.m. Monday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Residents can call the elections office at 970-870-5558.