Wednesday, August 21, 2013

UPDATE: More 'how to' for recall election

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

More Q&A on voting, courtesy of the Secretary of State:

How do I know if I live in the recall election’s senate district?
Due to redistricting, your senate district may have changed. The September 10 recall elections will only be available to eligible electors in Senate District 3 in Pueblo Countyand Senate District 11 in El Paso County. You can verify your senate district by visiting GoVoteColorado.com and clicking the “Manage My Registration” link. Enter your name, zip code and birthdate to verify your voter registration and see your current senate district.

You can also review the maps to see if you live in Senate District 3 or Senate District 11.

I need to update my voter registration before the recall election. When can I do that?
If you have a driver’s license or Colorado-issued ID, you can register online at GoVoteColorado.com by September 2.

If you’ve been a Colorado resident for at least 22 days before the election, you can also register in-person at your polling place.

When will I receive my mail ballot?
Due to the tight timeframe of these recall elections, the county clerks will hold in-person voting at polling places. Mail ballots will not automatically be mailed. You should not expect a mail ballot, even if you have previously signed up to receive mail ballots. Voters in Senate District 3 and Senate District 11 who cannot vote in person can request that a ballot be sent to them by filling out and returning this form to their county clerk.

My son/daughter just left for school. How will they vote if they can’t vote in person?
Students and other voters who cannot vote in person may request a ballot by filling out and returning this form.

Where can I vote?
In both recall elections, voters can cast their ballot at any of the polling places within the county.

For Pueblo voters in Senate District 3, visit PuebloVotes.com to find the nearest polling place and hours of operation.

For voters in Senate District 11 in El Paso County, visit http://car.elpasoco.com to find the nearest polling place and hours of operation.

----- ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, 4:45 P.M. -----
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office apparently has been getting a lot of questions on how people can get an emergency ballot in the upcoming recall election that targets Senate President John Morse, a Democrat representing Senate District 11.

So Ryan Parsell of the clerk's office is pushing out information. Here's the latest:

Yesterday the Colorado Secretary of State had released the Emergency Mail Ballot Application for voters to use to request a mail ballot for the September 10, 2013 Recall Election. The form, included with this release, is also available online on the Colorado Secretary of State website, or on the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder website at http://car.elpasoco.com.

Since yesterday’s release, there have been some inquiries as to how a voter should interact with this form. Below are some of the questions asked, along with the respective answers:

When should this application be used?
Voters should complete the Emergency Mail Ballot Application for the Recall Election if a voter is out of the county or some other circumstance prevents them from casting a vote during the timeframe that Voter Service and Polling Centers are open for the Senate District 11 Recall Election.

Does a voter need an original copy of the application?
No. A voter can print off their own copy of the application from any source for completion.

What options does a voter have for returning the application?
There are multiple ways for a voter to return the application to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. A voter can e-mail the completed application to elections@elpasoco.com, or mail it to PO Box 2007, Colorado Springs, CO 80901, or fax it to (719) 520-7327, or in person to the Citizens Service Center at 1675 West Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

What options does a voter have for receiving the ballot after the application is completed?
A voter can select to have their emergency ballot mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to them. However, the ballot must be returned by mail, e-mail, fax, or by hand to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7:00 PM on Election Day, September 10, 2013. Instructions for returning a ballot by e-mail or fax will be included with the ballot should the voter select that method for voting.

Here's information about the balloting places:
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