2016 Presidential Election Update from the County Clerk
Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell reports that over half of the mail ballots that were sent to eligible electors, around 6500, have been received back. The ballots are now going through the signature verification process performed by a bipartisan team of judges before they are accepted. Accepted ballots are then processed by another eight member bipartisan team of judges. Voters can go online at govotecolorado.com to confirm that the Clerk has received their ballot or voters can call the Elections office at 539-4004 to confirm.
Mail ballots should be dropped off instead of mailed back. Postmarks do not count as received for ballots and the Clerk must receive your ballot before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. There are two 24 hour a day, seven day a week drop boxes located in the County. One is curbside at the main Clerk’s office at 104 Crestone Ave and the other is outside the Buena Vista Motor Vehicle Branch Office at 112 Linderman Avenue.
If you did not receive your mail ballot, need a replacement ballot, want to drop off your mail ballot, need to register to vote or wish to vote in person, please visit a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC).
The VSPC in Salida is located in the Clerk’s Office at 104 Crestone Ave., and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The VSPC in Buena Vista is located in the Motor Vehicle Branch Office at 112 Linderman Ave., and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On Election Day, November 8th, a third VSPC will open in Poncha Springs at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If you have made your choices, the Clerk is asking that you drop off your ballot sooner rather than later so judges can process, tally and have results on Election Night.
Chaffee County Motor Vehicle Offices will be closed in Salida and Buena Vista on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th for Presidential Election activities. The Recording department will have normal business hours.
Lori A. Mitchell
Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder
104 Crestone Ave
PO Box 699
Salida, CO 81201