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Pitkin County eyes mail-in ballots for November election

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY ” Pitkin County voters may not need to go to the polls to cast a ballot in November.

Plans for an election using only mail-in ballots has already won initial favor from county commissioners; they are expected to make a final decision Wednesday.

Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill estimates the potential savings to be realized by conducting the Nov. 3 election by mail at nearly $16,000 to almost $20,000, depending on the turnout. There are roughly 13,000 registered voters in the county.

The last time Pitkin County conducted an election by mail was in 1993, according to recollections within the clerk’s office. The county isn’t currently anticipating putting anything before voters in the odd-year election ” no commissioner seats are up ” and nothing is expected from the state, but Aspen, Snowmass Village and Aspen School District may or may not have something to put before voters, Vos Caudill said. If not, no election will take place.

“Usually, there’s something,” Vos Caudill said.

Entities must contract with the county to conduct an election by Aug. 25; questions must be formalized and the ballot certified by Sept. 4.