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Pitkin County voters heading to the polls

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Twenty-eight percent of Pitkin County’s active voters cast their ballots last week, according to the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office. It was the first week of early voting in Colorado.

The total includes not only those who stopped in at the Clerk’s Office last week to cast a ballot in person but also mail-in ballots that had been received by the close of business Friday.

By the end of the day Friday, 2,863 ballots had been cast out of the 10,284 active voters in the county. On Monday morning, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office put Pitkin County’s turnout at 3,023 and reported a statewide total of 804,124 ballots cast so far. In other words, turnout in Colorado is approaching one-quarter of the state’s 3.6 million registered voters.

Colorado is a battleground state that has been heavily courted by presidential candidates in advance of the Nov. 6 election.

Statewide, Republicans were outpacing Democrats in early and mail-in voting as of Monday morning. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, tweeting an update on voter turnout, reported 309,221 ballots cast by Republicans compared with 289,733 by Democrats. In addition, unaffiliated voters had cast 197,308 ballots.

In Pitkin County, 1,286 Democrats had cast ballots by Monday morning, according to the secretary of state, along with 679 Republicans and 1,035 unaffiliated voters. Four years ago, the most recent presidential election year, about 3,500 ballots were cast in Pitkin County before Election Day.

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This year, among Pitkin County’s active voters, 4,402 are unaffiliated, 3,826 are Democrats and 1,940 are Republicans. The remainder are registered to other political parties (American Constitution, Americans Elect, Green and Libertarian).

Friday is the final day of early voting in Colorado. In Pitkin County, early voting continues daily at the Clerk’s Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mail-in ballots must be received (not postmarked) by the Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 (make sure to use sufficient postage if it’s placed in the mail rather than dropped off).

Nearly half of all active voters in Pitkin County have requested mail-in ballots so far.

Tuesday is the last day the county Clerk’s Office can issue a mail-in ballot by mail. Starting Wednesday, voters need to appear in person at the Clerk’s Office to obtain an original or replacement mail-in ballot, and Friday is the last day a mail-in ballot can be issued.

Anyone who requested a mail-in ballot, did not receive one and does not act to receive a replacement by Friday will be directed to vote a provisional ballot at their polling place Nov. 6.

janet@aspentimes.com