Obtaining an absentee ballot for upcoming local municipal elections
Municipal elections in Grand County are right around the corner, scheduled for April 3, but with East Grand School District’s spring break coinciding with Election Day, some local voters could end up missing their opportunity to cast a ballot.
Here is a friendly reminder of the steps citizens need to take to ensure they do not miss the chance to have a say in selecting municipal government because of vacation plans.
There are three communities in eastern Grand County that will hold polling place elections, as opposed to mail-in ballot elections, this year.
Resident voters in Granby, Grand Lake and Winter Park will cast their ballots in person at their respective town halls.
Because the election will be held during East Grand School District’s spring break, some local voters may be out of town on Election Day. To ensure you are still able to vote citizens will need to request an absentee voter’s ballot.
According to town officials, citizens can request an application for an absentee ballots orally or in writing. Requests for absentee ballot applications must be submitted to a voter’s appropriate town clerk, by the close of business on Friday, March 30.
Absentee ballot applications must be filed in writing and must be personally signed or marked by the applicant or by a family member of the applicant. For the purpose of absentee ballot applications, a family member is defined as a family member related by blood, marriage, civil union, or adoption.
To have an absentee ballot counted in the election, the ballot must be dropped off at a voter’s town hall during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Absentee ballot submissions will also be accepted on Election Day as well during expanded operational hours, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fraser is also holding a municipal election this spring as a mail-in ballot election. Election Day for Fraser is also April 3 and voters in Fraser will need to have their ballots to town officials by 7 p.m. that day.
Kremmling municipal elections, also for April 3, remain unaffected.
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