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Election ballots go out the week of Oct. 17

The Nov. 8 general election will be by mail ballot.

Beginning the week of Oct. 17, mail ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters to the address on your voter registration. If you are unsure of your voting status, need to update your address, make changes to your record or need to register to vote please visit www.GoVoteColorado.com or come into the Montezuma County Clerk’s office at 140 W. Main St. Suite No. 1, Cortez.

Friday, Oct. 31 is the last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail.

Signed ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8, for it to be counted. The Cortez post office reminds voters that it will take a week for your returned ballot to be delivered to the clerk’s office via mail.

Ballots will be sent to all eligible voters to the address on your voter registration, and after voting you can choose how to return the ballot. Either you can mail it with appropriate postage in time to be delivered to the clerk’s office by Election Day; or you can drop it off at the clerk’s office at 140 W. Main St. Suite 1 in Cortez. Be sure to sign the back of the return envelope.

Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell wants to remind voters that because of the mail-ballot election, on Election Day there will only be three polling places instead of the 11 polls from past general elections.

The three polling places for Election Day are at the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s office, the Dolores Public Library, and the Mancos Public Library. On Election Day the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Percell said if you are unsure if your voter information is up to date, it is important to check either at the county clerks office or at www.GoVoteColorado.com

“If they don’t have the correct address their ballot will be returned as undeliverable and they will not be forwarded,” Percell said. “I am hoping to get people to verify their voter registration address now so the ballot is sent to the correct address and hopefully we will avoid long lines at the three polling places on Election Day.”

Eligible voters may register to vote or request a replacement ballot at the county clerk’s office during regular office hours, on Saturdays October 29 and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Election Day at any of the three polling places.

For questions call the county clerk’s office at 970-565-3728.

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