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If you haven’t voted yet in city of Aspen election, some tips

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Jasmine Tygre, who spent many years working in city government but was brought on here as a non-government community member, holds up the name of council hopeful Sam Rose as she helps with the lottery for the municipal election ballot order on Tuesday, Jan. 10, inside City Hall in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Election Day for the city of Aspen is sweeping up fast — next Tuesday, March 7 — and the City Clerk’s Office aims to help ensure you make your vote count.

“We encourage voters to drop their ballots prior to Election Day,” said Aspen City Clerk Nicole Henning, the city’s designated elections official. “We are hoping for a good turnout, and as with all elections, every vote counts, so make sure to cast your ballots by March 7.”

So, some tips:

Registered voters who have received their ballots in the mail should use the secure ballot box located just west of the main entrance to City Hall, 427 Rio Grande Place. Ballots for the municipal election are not being accepted at the drop box in front of the Pitkin County Administration Building on Main Street.

Also, it’s too late to use the Postal Office to mail ballots back, so votes need to physically bring their ballots to City Hall.

If you have not received your ballot in the mail, go to the City Clerk’s Office, on the third floor of City Hall, or call 970-429-2686.

You can register to vote up until Election Day if you are 18 years old and can prove residency for at least 22 days. Would-be voters can register online until March 1 on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at coloradosos.gov/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml.

Beginning Thursday, people can register to vote at the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, at 530 E. Main Street.

In-person voting is available on the third floor of City Hall in Council Chambers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Monday, March 6. In-person voting is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots can be dropped off at the Ballot Box outside of City Hall until 7 p.m. on March 7.

Over 500 ballots have been received as of Monday, according to the city.

There are three candidates vying for two seats open on the City Council, and two candidates running for the mayor’s seat.

Incumbent Mayor Torre is running against Tracy L. Sutton for mayor.

Bill Guth, incumbent Skippy Mesirow, and Sam Rose are running for for the council.

City Council candidates must earn 45% of votes cast, plus one, of the vote to win a seat, per the city’s home rule charter. For the mayor, it is 50% of votes cast, plus one. If those thresholds are not met, a runoff election will occur on April 4. 

For more information, go to aspen.gov/1431/2023-Municipal-Election.