In Aspen pre-Election Day, voters say presidential election is the concern, “never Trump”
The Aspen Times
Contentious, critical, chaotic.
These are a few of the more politically correct adjectives that Aspenites have used to describe the 2016 presidential election.
There is no denying the historic, highly publicized nature of this national election, and perhaps this is why the majority of Pitkin County voters interviewed by The Aspen Times on Monday reported that the presidential race is their primary concern — more so than any county or state issue — this election.
“This is not a Tweedledee and Tweedledum (presidential) election,” said Aspen resident Mike Stranahan after he cast his vote at the Jewish Community Center on Monday afternoon. “This presidential election is very important.”
Stranahan declined to share which presidential candidate he voted for, but said, “I hope people get out and vote.”
Similar to Stranahan, Snowmass resident Lee Junkin on Monday voiced his concern over the outcome of the presidential election.
Junkin, however, left little mystery as to where his allegiance lies.
“I felt like the most important issue, for me, was the presidential election and stopping Donald Trump,” said Junkin, who also voted at the Aspen Jewish Community Center on Monday afternoon. “So I voted for Hillary.”
In fact, none of the Pitkin County voters interviewed by The Aspen Times outside the polling center Monday said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was their choice.
The voters who disclosed which presidential candidate they voted for all said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — even those who said they disagree with many of her policies.
Aspen resident Adam Trombly said, “I voted for Hillary, and I have a lot of things that I don’t agree with (her) on.”
Nonetheless, he said, “I unfortunately believe (Trump is) a danger and I pray to God he isn’t elected.”
A 42-year-old Aspen female, who asked to remain anonymous because she has “too many Republicans” in her family, said she voted for Clinton on Monday.
The woman admitted she would have voted for Bernie Sanders if given the option, but said, “Obviously, the answer is never Trump.”
WHERE AND HOW TO VOTE
Today is your last chance to cast your ballot in the 2016 presidential, state and county elections.
At this point in the game, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill encourages everyone to vote at the polls in person.
Vos Caudill reminds county residents who may also register to vote or update their voter registration at the polling centers on Election Day.
Vote at any one of three polling locations listed below today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Aspen: Aspen Jewish Community Center, 435 W. Main St.
Snowmass Village: Snowmass Town Hall, 130 Kearns Road.
Basalt: 1776 Emma Road.
Pitkin County residents may drop off their ballots until 7 p.m.
Vos Caudill asks voters to submit their mail ballots as early as possible to ensure they are included in the post 7 p.m. results.
“It takes time to review every signature for comparison within the state system, then conduct an opening process to assure anonymity, then (the) counting process,” Vos Caudill said.
“If we are not able to process all mail ballots by midnight, I will suspend the election until Wednesday.”
VIEW THE RESULTS
The county election department site will link to the Colorado Secretary of State election night reporting system online today, Vos Caudill said.
View the results of the state and county elections online at http://www.pitkinvotes.com.
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