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2010 ELECTION: Voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. today

By: DEBBIE KELLEY
September 28, 2010
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Not registered to vote? Do it soon. Monday is the last day to register so you can cast your vote for your favorite candidates and ballot issues in the Nov. 2 general election.

Voter registration forms are due by 5 p.m. Monday. They can be filled out in person or online.

(See The Gazette's online voter guide here.)

“I’m not expecting a rush of people to register at the last minute, but in 2008 we were quite busy on the last day,” said Liz Olson, El Paso County election manager.

Forms are available at three El Paso County Clerk and Recorder offices: Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.; the Powers Boulevard branch, at the southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road; and the Union Town Center branch, 8830 N. Union Blvd., at the northwest corner of Union Boulevard and Research Parkway.

The offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The Union Town Center branch also is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Voters also can register online, or check their voter registration status, by logging on to www.GoVoteColorado.com. Registration forms also can be downloaded at http://car.elpasoco.com/election.

Residents who recently relocated to Colorado from another state will need to re-register to vote, Olson said.

With the large number of contested races and ballot measures, she expects a healthy turnout for the general election.

Registered voters also can request mail-in ballots, which the Clerk and Recorder’s office will begin mailing Oct. 12. Or, mail-in ballots may be requested in person and picked up at the Centennial Hall office through Oct. 29.

And if you’re ready to exercise your right to vote before election day, early voting will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 18 and through Oct. 29, with the exception of Oct. 24, at the Centennial Hall office, the Powers Boulevard Branch and the Chapel Hills Mall office, between JC Penney and Burlington Coat Factory on the north side of the mall.

A sample ballot is posted at http://car.elpasoco.com/election. For more information, call the election department, 575-VOTE.

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