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About 10% vote early in Pitco

About 10 percent of Pitkin County voters have already cast their ballots while about double that number have voted in neighboring Eagle County, according to election clerks.

Through Friday, 445 people had taken advantage of early voting at the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office, according to election deputy Jodi Torkersley. Another 856 Pitkin County residents had requested absentee ballots as of Friday.

Combined, that means 1,301 of the 12,700 registered voters have voted early or checked out their absentee ballots.

In Eagle County, about 3,700 absentee ballots had been issued through Friday, according to clerk Sara Fisher. That’s about 19 percent of the 19,000 total registered voters, she said.

There are still ample chances for voters to participate in the election without visiting a voting booth on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The statewide deadline to ask a county clerk to mail an absentee ballot is today. The statewide deadline to stop by the clerk’s office and pick up an absentee ballot is Friday, Nov. 1.

In Pitkin County, early voting will be offered at the clerk’s office in the Pitkin County Courthouse through Friday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m.

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Fisher said it is impossible to predict the turnout rate but she said she wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit 60 percent for this election in Eagle County.

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County can request an absentee ballot via mail by calling the clerk’s office annex in El Jebel at 704-2700. The Pitkin County clerk’s office can be reached by calling 920-5180.

[Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com]