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Ballots mailed on Monday, start showing up in mailboxes next week

Last day to mail a ballot back is Oct. 30.

Ballots for the Nov. 7 election will be sent out by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Monday, meaning they will start showing up in mailboxes around the middle of next week.


Routt County Clerk and Recorder Jenny Thomas said election notices and blue books are already showing up in mailboxes and sample ballots are available in their office at the historic Routt County Courthouse. Replacement ballots can be obtained there as well.


The last day to request a ballot be mailed to you is Oct. 30 — eight days before the election.


“After this date, I also don’t recommend mailing a ballot back to us,” Thomas said. “You can drop your ballot off at one of our locations during their business hours.”


Ballots can be returned to town halls in Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa, the Clark Store in North Routt and at the Clerks office. There are also two 24-hour ballot drop boxes under video surveillance, Thomas said. One is in the alley behind the courthouse and the other is in the Sheriff’s Office Parking lot off Shield Drive.


One change this year is the location of the polling center, Thomas said. Starting Oct. 30, the polling center will be located in the community room of Routt County’s new Public Health and Human Services Building on Sixth Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Election Day, polling will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


“Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election night, postmarks do not count,” Thomas said.


Once polls close, there will be three uploads of vote tallies, Thomas said. One at 7 p.m., one around 9 p.m., and then the final one around midnight. She noted that these are still unofficial results until they audit and canvas the election.

“Just make sure that we receive your ballot no later than 7 p.m. on election night,” Thomas said.

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