Election bug 2020

You can start watching for your ballot to land in your mailbox since the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office mailed roughly 427,000 ballots Oct. 9 to all eligible, active registered voters for the Nov. 3 general election.

If you don't get a ballot by Friday, Oct. 16, go to EPCVotes.com or call 719-575-VOTE (8683).

Be aware that one stamp won't do the trick because the ballot is big. Postage will cost you 65 cents.

“Coloradans are fortunate to have a mail ballot system considered to be the gold standard nationally, safeguarded for our democracy, to instill El Paso County voters with confidence,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman said in a news release. “Again, this election, voters’ health and safety are at the forefront of our minds due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although in-person services are offered, it is essential the voters in El Paso County vote in the safety and comfort of their home and return their mail ballot by using one of our secure drop boxes throughout the County.”

Also from the release: 

"The 2020 General Election ballot content will contain contests for Presidential candidates, state and local candidates, 11 statewide measures and 13 local measures or issues.  The content of a voter’s individual ballot is dependent on the precinct where they reside. Voters are urged to research these items in advance utilizing the Colorado General Assembly Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) and the El Paso County [Taxpayer's Bill of Rights] Notice mailed earlier this month. Once an informed decision has been made, voters are encouraged to vote and return their ballot early. 

"Voters have many convenient options for returning their voted ballot in a safe and secure manner. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office has 37 secure 24/7 ballot drop-box locations throughout the county. [Ninety-nine percent] of the county’s population lives within a fifteen-minute drive of one of these locations. Voters also may return their ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. However, voters should affix $0.65 postage when returning their ballot via the United States Postal Service (USPS). The Clerk’s Office recommends that voters do not return their voted ballot by mail after October 26. All voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.

"Any voter needing a replacement ballot, or other in-person services may visit the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the Citizens Service Center at 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road. Seven additional Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) will open October 19, with a total of 35 VSPCs opening in phases by Election Day."

Senior Reporter

Pam Zubeck is a graduate from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in 2009 joined Colorado Publishing House.