Monday, October 22, 2012

Early voting starts today

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

In case you're wondering why you haven't gotten a ballot in the mail, it's probably because you're not on the list to receive one for every election. You have to check a box that declares you in that category, and a lot of people probably think that's their status when it's not, says El Paso County Deputy Clerk and Recorder Alissa Vander Veen.

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There's good reason for that confusion. We've had a lot of mail-only elections in recent years, including the November 2009 coordinated election; the city of Colorado Springs municipal election in April 2011 and also the mayoral run-off in May 2011; the November 2011 coordinated election, the June 2012 primary election and the special election in August by the city to seek approval of the Memorial Health System lease to University of Colorado Health.

"We’ve been talking about it and trying to be proactive about that," Vander Veen says. "We sent three different kinds of voter information cards."

So check your card, which will tell you whether you're on the permanent mail-ballot list or not. You can pick up a mail ballot in person at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, the Union Town Center in Chapel Hills Mall, #350, or at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

Early voting starts today and runs through Nov. 2. You can vote early at four clerk and recorder locations, which includes the CSC, 5650 Industrial Place (southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road), Chapel Hills Mall, and the Citadel Mall.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays for the coming two weeks at the CSC and Powers offices, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the mall locations, including on Saturday.

Or, you can wait until election day, Nov. 6, and go to the polls. To find your polling place, which might have changed since your last trip to vote, go here.

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