Time running out on voter info
September 12, 2008
ASPEN ” Are you registered to vote in the Nov. 4 general election?
Are you sure?
Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill recently sent out “voter information cards” to all registered voters in the county, giving them the opportunity to update the election rolls regarding everything from changes of address to names to party affiliation.
And if you did not receive a card, chances are the information the county has on you in its database is not correct.
Caudill said that voters who did not get a card should either go on the county’s website, http://www.aspenpitkin.com, click on the VOTE08 button and use the online form to see if you are registered properly. The other way to check is to call the clerk’s office at 970-429-2713 to speak to an election assistant.
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 6, Caudill said.
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There are three ways to vote in this election.
One is by mail, and applications for mail-in ballots are being taken now. Again, information is available on the website or at the clerk’s office in the Courthouse Plaza building, next to the historic Pitkin County Courthouse building on Main Street.
There also will be early voting using a voting booth, which will be set up in the Plaza One meeting room in the Courthouse Plaza. Early voting will be held from Oct. 20 through Oct. 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.
The last option is to vote at the appropriate precinct polling place on election day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
According to Caudill, there are approximately 12,000 registered voters in Pitkin County, both “active” ” those who have voted in every recent election or nearly that often ” and “inactive,” or those who have not voted in the last election or two, but have yet to have their names purged from the rolls.
Caudill explained that voters’ names are purged, or “canceled” in current terminology, after a voter has not cast a ballot in three general elections.
But before a voter’s name is canceled, Caudill said, the clerk’s office sends out a final warning card that, if returned, means the voter’s name stays on the rolls.
She urged all voters to check to see if their current addresses and other information are correct, in order to avoid unnecessary complications or challenges at the polling places.
A sample ballot, with all questions and candidates, will be posted on the county’s website within a week or so, she said.