Registration deadline for November election is Oct. 7 |

Registration deadline for November election is Oct. 7

The deadline for voter registration for the fall general election is Oct. 7 ? just a week away.

Party officials and political activists throughout the valley are actively signing people up because it is proving to be a pivotal election year.

The race for the U.S. Senate in Colorado is the closest in the nation right now, with Republican incumbent Wayne Allard and Democratic challenger Tom Strickland vying for a seat that could determine which party controls the Senate. A recent poll indicates that Strickland and Allard each have the support of 42 percent of Colorado voters.

In Pitkin County, the future of the county government’s operations is on the line. The county is facing serious budget shortfalls over the next few years and is asking for an extra $800,000 per year in property taxes for the next five years. If voters say no, the senior center, Owl Creek Road improvements, YouthZone, alcohol and drug addiction assistance programs, GrassRoots TV, the Independence Pass Foundation and a host of other programs will be slashed or cut back significantly.

Two county commissioners, Mick Ireland and Patti Clapper, are seeking re-election. Ireland faces local gadfly Ramon Duvernay, and Clapper faces competition from real estate broker and former ski instructor Tim Mooney.

In Aspen, and Pitkin County, voters will have the opportunity to answer a ballot question on the decades-old debate about Highway 82 and its entrance to Aspen: S-curves or Modified Direct?

Throughout the valley, voters will be facing questions that affect property taxes, bilingual education programs and representation to the state Legislature and U.S. Congress.

People living in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties who are not registered to vote can do so by picking up an application at their county clerk and recorder’s office or downloading one from

The Pitkin County clerk and recorder can be reached at 920-5180; the Eagle County number is 963-1682; and Garfield County’s clerk and recorder can be contacted at 945-2377.

Applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the appropriate county clerk and recorder by Oct. 7.

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