Sara Rosene: Three ways for your voice to be heard Election Day |

Sara Rosene: Three ways for your voice to be heard Election Day

Sara Rosene
Grand County Clerk and Recorder

If you decide to go to the polls this year instead of voting early or by mail, you will be given the opportunity to vote using a paper ballot or voting electronically.

All polling places in the United States must allow every voter to vote independently and privately. Until the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, not all Federal Election polling places offered the opportunity for each voter to vote their own ballot independently and privately.

The electronic equipment used by Grand County allows voters to see the ballot and/or hear the ballot. In addition, the equipment is equipped with tactile switches and a connector for a puff and sip device.

In Grand County, early voting is available at the Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from Oct. 20, 2008 through Oct. 31. Every voter has the opportunity to vote a paper ballot or vote electronically.

Another option for voters is to vote by using a Mail-In ballot. If a voter wants to vote the lengthy Colorado ballot in the comfort of their home, they can apply to my office by mailing (P. O. Box 120, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451), faxing (970-725-0100), or dropping (308 Byers Avenue, Hot Sulphur Springs) off an application.

Ballots will be mailed Oct. 6, and must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. It could take voters as long as 30 minutes to vote the ballot, so Mail-In voting may be the best solution.

If you decide to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you must vote at your precinct polling location.

Your polling location can be found on our Web page at At that same site, you can see the address where you are registered to vote, if you have applied for a Mail-In Ballot, and if your voted ballot has been received back by my office.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6, 2008.

You may register to vote at the County Clerk’s office, any town clerk’s office, high school principal, print the application from our web page and mail or fax the form, driver license office, and social services agency.

Voting is one of our fundamental rights and I encourage you to take advantage of that right.

For more information about voting in Grand County, call the Elections department at (970) 725-3347, or send me an e-mail at

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