Primary Election Update from the County Clerk

PRESS RELEASE Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell, 539-4004

June 8, 2016

All active voters registered with the Democratic or Republican Party will be receiving their mail ballots this week for the 2016 Primary Election. The June 28th Primary Election will be conducted as an all Mail Ballot Election. The ballot you receive in the mail is your official ballot and the ballot you need to vote and return to the Clerk and Recorder’s office for processing.

As soon as you receive your ballot you may vote the ballot with your choices and then return it to the Clerk’s office in Salida and Buena Vista during office hours or use the curbside 24/7 drop-boxes in Salida and Buena Vista (no postage needed). You may also mail your ballot back with a regular first-class 47 cent stamp. Remember to allow enough time for the ballot to reach the Clerk’s Office as postmarks do not count. All ballots must be received by the Clerk before 7:00 p.m. on June 28, 2016.

TIPS FOR MAIL BALLOTS: 1. You will receive the ballot, instructions, secrecy sleeve and return envelope.
2. Select candidates you wish to vote on.
3. Use a blue or black pen that will not bleed through the paper to vote your ballot. Completely fill in the oval next to the selection you want to vote for.
4. If you do not want to vote the entire ballot, simply mark your selections and leave the rest blank.
5. NEW THIS ELECTION: The voter removes the stub at the top of the ballot. This stub is an important quality assurance component used by the print vendor to ensure the proper ballot style gets mailed to the voter. If the voter does not remove the stub an election judge will remove it during processing. 6. Place your ballot in the white secrecy sleeve that came with your ballot.
7. Place the ballot inside of the secrecy sleeve in your return envelope addressed to Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder, PO Box 699, Salida, CO 81201.
8. Sign the signature affidavit located on the back of the envelope. This is required in order for your ballot to be processed. Election Judges must compare every signature to make sure that the intended voter was the one who signed the envelope.

QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT: • What if my ballot does not arrive? If your Primary Election ballot does not arrive by June 16, 2016 please call or come to the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 104 Crestone Ave. in Salida to obtain a replacement ballot. You may also visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in Salida or Buena Vista beginning June 20th.

• I spoiled my ballot, now what do I do? Please call the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 539-4004 or stop by the office. You may obtain a replacement ballot during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• I am unaffiliated. Can I vote in the Primary? Unaffiliated voters can affiliate with the Democratic or Republican Party and vote in the Primary Election by completing and returning their letter that was recently sent in the mail from the Clerk’s office or by going to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, or online at www.govotecolorado.com . In order to mail a ballot, the Clerk needs to receive the affiliation declaration by June 20, 2016. You may go to the Clerk’s office to pick up your ballot through Election Day June 28, 2016.

• Why does my ballot look different this year? Chaffee County has moved to more effective and efficient election equipment in 2016. This means that the ballot design has changed. Voters will now fill in an oval to mark choices and the voter may remove the ballot stub at the top of the ballot.

• How much postage is needed to mail back my ballot? Affix 47 cents postage (or a standard “Forever stamp”) on your return envelope.

IMPORTANT DATES: June 6-10: Ballots mailed to voters

June 20th: Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) in Salida and Buena Vista will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the return of mail ballots; replacement ballots; voter registration; updating voter records with an address or name; casting an in-person paper ballot; or voting on an accessible ballot marking device.

Saturday, June 25th: VSPCs in Salida and Buena Vista will be open for voter services from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Primary Election Day: VSPCs in Salida and Buena Vista will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) Locations beginning June 20th: Salida, Clerk and Recorder’s Main Office, 104 Crestone Ave. Buena Vista, Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 112 Linderman Ave.

Ballot Drop Off locations: Salida, curbside ballot box open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 104 Crestone Ave. Buena Vista, curbside ballot box open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 112 Linderman Ave.

If a voter has any questions at all they are encouraged to call the Clerk and Recorder’s office at 539-4004.

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