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Voting options in Pitkin County remain as Election Day looms

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

With Election Day approaching, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill gave the community an update Tuesday on the remaining voting opportunities.

"We had a 19 percent return of all the total mail-in ballots as of last week," Vos Caudill said at a Board of County Commissioners work session. "I'm looking forward to a higher turnout than the last gubernatorial election in 2010 that was approximately 54 percent."

Caudill said if she receives a request for a mail-in ballot now, she won't send one out. Instead, letters will be sent informing those people that the county is processing their registration applications and they must visit a voter service center to obtain a current ballot.

For those preferring to drop off their ballots in person, the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder's Office, at 530 E. Main St., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday.

There's also a slot by the main entrance where people can drop off their ballots during off hours.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, three voter-service and polling centers will be open in Pitkin County. The three centers are at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in Aspen, Snowmass Village Town Hall and Grace Church in Basalt.

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Redstone will not have a formal voter-service and polling center Tuesday but will have a mail-ballot drop-off-only area from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Redstone Church.

Eligible electors can register to vote, cast a ballot, drop off a mail ballot, secure a replacement mail ballot, add or update an address, perform a legal name change or affiliate with a political party at any voter service and polling center on Election Day and during early voting.

The returns of the election will be updated at http://www.pitkinvotes.com at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and the end of the election evening.

"We'll have a link on the front of the Web page that will take people to the statewide election-night recording system," Vos Caudill said. "It's the most convenient way to see the election outcomes."

Commissioner George Newman asked Vos Caudill at what point would it be too late to send mail ballot through the postal service.

Vos Caudill said mail-in ballots must be received by the Clerk and Recorder's Office or be dropped off at a polling center by 7 p.m. Election Day.

"If there's even a remote chance you think your mail-in ballot won't make it to us by Nov. 4, then just drop it off in person," Vos Caudill said. "Any ballot received after 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 will not count towards the election."

mmclaughlin@aspentimes.com

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