Letter: Pitkin County Voting 101
By now you should have received your ballot in the mail! If you didn’t receive your ballot, you can vote early starting Monday, Oct. 24th at the Aspen Jewish Community Service and Polling Center, 435 W. Main St. in Aspen up until Monday, Nov. 7, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a long ballot, so don’t wait in line on Election Day (Nov. 8). Vote early and pick up your “I Voted” sticker.
If you want a replacement mail ballot, please review and update your address with the state registration system, go to http://www.pitkinvote.com (or http://www.govotecolorado.com) and assure the record is correct. Once updated, the Pitkin County election staff will mail your ballot to the correct address. By law, the Elections Office cannot mail a ballot after Oct. 31; check your record now! Ballots are mailed first class and should arrive in the mail within three to five days. We’d like to thank the U.S. Post Office for their service and continuous efforts to assure all mail ballots are delivered and returned in a timely manner. We urge all voters to mail their completed ballots immediately to enable delivery and tabulation at the local level.
There are lots of options to return your voted ballot! Drop it off at the Elections Office, 501 E. Hyman Ave. in Aspen, the Ute City Building; almost 50 percent of the Pitkin County community drops their ballots off early at the Elections office and staff is happy to see you and give you an “I Voted” sticker! For voter convenience, a permanent ballot drop box with 24/7 video surveillance has been installed at the entrance of Snowmass Town Hall, 130 Kearns Road, and at the parking lot of Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Ave., which provides a drop for both Pitkin and Eagle county voters. And starting Monday, mail ballots may be dropped at the early voting center — Aspen Jewish Community Early Voting Service and Polling Center. If you wish to return your ballot by mail, affix two stamps (68 cents), and remember to return it prior to Nov. 1 to assure the Elections Office received your mail ballot from the U.S. Postal Service prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.
For individuals assisting their neighbors or friends in returning ballots, please know that Colorado Election Rule, which dictates county elections operations and not municipal, outlines that it is a violation of law for any person to collect more than 10 ballots for a mailing or delivery in any election.
Thank you for your efforts in working with the Pitkin County elections staff and fellow community members who are working as partisan election judges, by assuring your ballot is returned early and processed in a timely manner to provide .strong outcomes with the first round of results announced after 7 p.m. on Election Night.
Vote and return your ballot today!
Janice Vos Caudill
Pitkin County clerk and recorder
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