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Changes to state law allow voter registration through Election Day

Sky-Hi News staff

As ballots for the Nov. 4 general election begin arriving in mailboxes, the Colorado County Clerks Association is reminding Colorado voters to visit MyColoradoVote.com, to verify their eligibility to participate in elections and to obtain voting and election information.

"MyColoradoVote.com explains the three simple steps required to vote in Colorado and includes all of the tools people will need in order to take part in this fall's elections," said Clerks Association Executive Director Donetta Davidson.

Legislation to modernize the state's election system signed into law in 2013 includes several notable changes for the upcoming election, according to the County Clerks Association:

• Every registered voter in Colorado will be mailed a ballot. If your ballot has not arrived in your mailbox already, you can visit MyColoradoVote.com to check your registration status and the address on file with your county clerk. 

• Traditional polling places are being replaced by Voter Service & Polling Centers where you may register, change your address, drop off your mail ballot, or vote. MyColoradoVote.com includes links to centers in every county.

• Voter registration is allowed through Election Day. 

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"Colorado's county clerks are dedicated to getting voters the information they need in order to participate in our democratic process," Davidson said. "MyColoradoVote.com is our latest step toward making voting as seamless as possible for people across the state."

Options for voting

• Return your mail ballot in the mail (postage requirements vary by county. Postage information will be on the ballot envelope or in instructions).

• Drop your ballot off at a Ballot Drop-Off location

• Vote in person at a Voter Service Center

Voter service centers in Grand

Grand County Administration Building— County Clerk, 308 Byers Ave. Hot Sulphur Springs. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m; Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-noon; Election Day, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Drop-off locations

Church Of The Eternal Hills:— 100 Meadows Blvd, Tabernash. Hours: Monday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 4, (Election Day) 7 a.m-7 p.m.

CSU Extension Hall: Grand County Fairgrounds, Kremmling. Hours— Wenedsday-Friday, Oct. 29-31 and Monday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Day), 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fraser Town Hall: 153 Fraser Ave., Fraser. Hours— Wenedsday-Friday, Oct. 29-31 and Monday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Day), 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Granby Town Hall: Zero Jasper Ave., Granby. Hours— Wenedsday-Friday, Oct. 29-31 and Monday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Day), 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Grand County Administration Building— County Clerk, 308 Byers Ave., Hot Sulphur Springs. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m; Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-noon; Election Day, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Grand Lake Town Hall— 1026 Park Ave., Grand Lake. Hours: Wenedsday-Friday, Oct. 29-31 and Monday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Day), 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Filling out your ballot

Different counties use different systems to process and tally ballots, so instructions for how to complete a ballot vary from one county to the next. Always read the voter instruction sheet included with your mail ballot before you vote. With that in mind, guidelines for completing a ballot usually include:

• Make sure you use a blue or a black pen.

• Make sure you connect the arrow or fill in the bubble completely.

• If you make a mistake, stop. Don't erase a ballot marking. Request a replacement ballot.

• If you spill coffee on your ballot or the dog chews it, request a replacement ballot.

• Sign your ballot envelope. Unsigned ballots will not be counted.

How to register

You can easily register to vote, update your address, or just check your status online until Oct. 27 for the Nov. 4 General Election. Here is a complete list of the voter registration deadlines.

• Centers will open on Oct. 20. Your county's voting centers may open earlier. Check your local Clerk and Recorder's website  for more information.

• Oct. 27 is the last day to register to vote online at GoVoteColorado.com, by mail or at a registration agency to receive a mail ballot.

Source: GoVoteColorado.com

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