by Eagle County Clerk and Recorder – Teak Simonton
The Nov. 4 General Election is less than two months from now, and the Clerk’s Office I run, is busy preparing the ballot and testing the voting equipment. This year’s ballot will ask voters to choose between candidates in federal races for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Colorado Statewide races include Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Colorado House and Senate. County offices up for election are Commissioner District 2, Commissioner District 3, Sheriff, Clerk & Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor and Coroner. Town of Avon voters will choose four members to serve on their town council. The towns of Red Cliff and Basalt both have several questions. There will also be several statewide amendments and propositions.
To see what this November 2014 “composite” (all candidates & issues) Ballot reads like (Click Here)
This election will be a mail ballot election, and ballots will be mailed automatically to all registered active voters at their mailing address our office has on record. If an alternate address should be used, please contact the Clerk & Recorder election department as soon as possible because by law, ballots cannot be forwarded. Ballots will be U.S. mailed starting on Wed. Oct. 15th 2014.
Before returning your ballot, don’t forget to sign the affidavit on the back of your ballot envelope. If you don’t sign your Ballot it will NOT be counted! Do not sign for anyone else under penalty of perjury. We compare every signature to our voter registration scanned images, and if our signature verifying judges decide that they do not match, a letter will be sent to you for further verification. We are compelled to report unresolved signature discrepancies to the District Attorney after the election, so if you get one of these letter be sure to respond according to the directions.
Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available starting on Oct. 16 in our three Eagle County Office locations: Eagle, El Jebel and Avon. These centers will offer disabled access electronic voting, voter registration services, replacement ballots and ballot drop off boxes through Election Day. This year we will also offer a ballot drop box in Vail (Municipal Office Building) on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 3 during business hours and on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The official composite ballot, which includes all ballot races and issues, will be posted on our website by Sept. 17 and will be published in local papers in mid-October. Please be aware that although all races and issues will be published, your eligibility to vote on a candidate or issue depends on where you reside. Please Click On the web page link above to see what the “composite ballot” reads like.
Every year we get questions about residency and voter registration. You must be 18 years old by election day Nov. 4th 2014 and a U.S. citizen to register to vote. Colorado State law requires that you register to vote at your primary place of residence, or in other words, where you live the majority of the time. It is unlawful to register in a County or precinct in which you no longer reside unless you are intending to return after a temporary absence.
The deadline to register to vote or change your address to receive a ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28. After that point, voters can register or make changes to existing registration in our offices to receive a ballot in person. Voter registration application forms are available online at www.eaglecounty.us/clerk under Voting and Elections, Voter Registration on the left hand side, at Clerk & Recorder offices located in Avon, El Jebel and Eagle, and at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County. Or you can just (Click Here) and go straight to the online Registration Forms. Voters also have the option of registering or updating their information at www.govotecolorado.com.
If you are anxious to know how Eagle County voted and plan to stay up late on election night, preliminary results will be posted to www.eaglecounty.us as soon as they are ready and we will be tweeting updates on many races throughout the night after 7 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at #ecclerk. Typically we have a substantial Election Result report published by 10 p.m. and will update these early return reports as additional results are tallied.