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Su Lum: Slumming

Su Lum
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and there seems to be some confusion as to who can vote for whom. Anyone registered to vote in Pitkin County may vote in this election.

If you are registered as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, you will get specific ballots with those parties’ candidates for federal and state offices as well as county commissioners and what’s left of the candidates for sheriff. If you are unaffiliated (Independent) your ballot will only be for the commissioners and sheriffs.

If you are already affiliated with one of the three parties it is too late to change it. If you are unaffiliated and would like, say, to vote for Michael Bennet for senator, you can change your affiliation right up to the moment you vote. In the example above, you would change from unaffiliated to Democrat.

The purpose of the primary is to narrow the candidates in each race down to two.

Early voting begins Aug. 2 in the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office next to the courthouse and ends Friday, Aug. 6. No early voting on Monday, Aug. 9.

If you haven’t already signed up for a mail-in ballot, you may apply for one up until Aug. 3 if you want it mailed to you.

If you want to pick up your mail-in ballot, you may do so up until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Aug. 10) and postmarks don’t count.

The polling places have been consolidated, with Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4 (the bulk of Aspen including Cemetery Lane) voting at the Rio Grande Meeting Room (the old Youth Center behind the courthouse).

Precincts 5 and 7 (west of town through Aspen Village) vote at the Health and Human Services building up by the hospital, and Snowmass Village (Precinct 6) votes at the Town Hall.

Precincts 8 and 9 (Old Snowmass, Basalt, Emma) vote at the Episcopal Church in Basalt (Elk Run Drive), and Crystal River Valley residents vote at the Church at Redstone.

If you are not registered at all you may not vote in this primary. You have until Oct. 4 to get registered for the Nov. 2 Election Day, which is going to be huge and everyone registered can vote for everything regardless of affiliation. There will be a zillion local questions, including the highway.

I am a registered Democrat and all of the state seats are unopposed. I am voting for Michael Bennet for senator, Jack Johnson for county commissioner and Joe DiSalvo for sheriff.

Local debates are coming up, as well as in-depth interviews of the candidates, so keep your eye on GrassRoots TV if you’re undecided.

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