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Last-minute election pointers

Dear Editor:

The Nov. 1 coordinated election is rapidly approaching and the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office would like to remind voters of several important facts and impending deadlines.

First, the voter registration deadline is this Monday, Oct. 3. If you are not currently registered to vote in Pitkin County or the state of Colorado, you must do so by Monday in order to vote in the Nov. 1 election. There are three easy and convenient ways to register to vote:

– If you have a valid Colorado driver’s license or state-issued identification card, and you are not yet registered to vote in any Colorado county, you can register by using the online voter registration system. Just go to Pitkin County’s election website, http://www.pitkinvotes.org, click on the orange online voter registration icon at the top right of the homepage, and you will be directed to the state online voter registration system. Click on the “register online” icon at the lower left of that page, and then enter the information requested. Again, you must do this on or before Monday to be eligible to vote in the 2011 coordinated election on Nov. 1.

– Alternatively, you can download and print the Colorado Voter Registration Form from http://www.pitkinvotes.org, and return the completed, signed and dated form to the Pitkin County Election Department so that we receive it by the regular close of business, 4:30 p.m. Monday. You can return your completed and signed form in any of the following methods that you find most convenient:

1. By fax to (970) 920-5196;

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2. By email to elections@co.pitkin.co.us;

3. By U.S. mail, overnight courier or personal delivery to our office at 530 E. Main Street, Ste. 101, Aspen, CO 81611.

4. Or, just contact us by telephone at (970) 429-2713, fax at (970) 920-5196, or email (elections@co.pitkin.co.us), and we’ll walk you through the process. If necessary, we’ll send you the proper form as expeditiously and conveniently as possible.

Second, the 2011 coordinated election will be conducted by mail ballot only. Under current Colorado law, mail ballots are automatically sent only to active voters. If you did not vote in the November 2010 General Election or you changed your residence or mailing address without updating your voter registration, you will not be sent a ballot unless you update your record (which in turn will automatically reinstate your active status). Again, you can use the online voter registration system at http://www.pitkinvotes.org to verify your voter registration information and active status, but you must do so before midnight on Monday for changes to be made. After that, you will need to contact the Election Department in person or by telephone or email.

Third, and finally, the election security procedures mandated by Colorado law require all counties to conduct a logic and accuracy test on their election equipment, to ensure that the voting machines count ballots and tabulate results correctly. Pitkin County’s Logic and Accuracy Test for the 2011 Coordinated Election will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room located at 530 E. Main Street, Ste. 101, Aspen. Space is limited, but members of the public and the media are invited to attend and observe these proceedings.

Janice K. Vos Caudill, Pitkin County clerk

Dwight K. Shellman III, election manager

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