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Pitkin County candidate deadline approaching

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

The 2014 Pitkin County November elections are eight months down the road, but the April 18 deadline for candidates to declare their intention to run is less than two weeks away.

Five county positions are up for election this year, and all five incumbents will be seeking re-elections. There will be two county commissioner seats on the November ballot. The District 1 incumbent, commissioner Rob Ittner, and District 2 incumbent, Rachel Richards, both have declared their intentions to seek re-election.

County Assessor Tom Isaac, Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill and Sheriff Joe DiSalvo also will have their names on the November ballot.

The only candidate the county has received paperwork from to challenge an incumbent is from former County Commissioner Patti Clapper, who is eyeing Ittner’s seat. If a third party enters the race for Ittner’s seat, a primary election will be held on June 24.

Potential candidates are required to secure a nomination petition with at least 100 signatures from registered county voters and file campaign finance statements at the inception of and periodically throughout a candidate’s campaign.

Pitkin County residents can visit PitkinVotes.com to access the online voter registration or simply take advantage of the voting tools on the site.

There are new residency rules in place that took effect last year. The old rule stated that a person had to be living at their Colorado residence for a minimum of 30 days to vote. The new rules require that a voter only need to be a Colorado residence for a minimum of 22 days.

Voters can submit a paper registration anytime up to 22 days before an election. Paper applications can be turned in through the mail, at a voter registration agency or registration drive, or at a local driver’s license examination facility.

Voters also can chose to register online up to eight days prior to an election at PitkinVotes.com, or even up to the day of the election by registering in person at the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office or at any voter service or polling center.

For all even-year June primary elections and all November elections, voters will receive a ballot in the mail sent to the mailing address on record through the statewide voter-registration system 18 to 22 days before election day.

Voters can cast their ballot by mail, drop it off at the county Clerk’s Office, deposit their vote at a designated drop-off location or visit any voter service and polling center to cast their ballot in person.

There are three voter service and polling center locations in Pitkin County that voters can access this November: the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 530 E. Main St. in Aspen, the Snowmass Village Town Hall at 130 Kerns Road in Snowmass Village and the Grace Church at 1776 Emma Road in Basalt.

Only the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will be available for the June primary election.