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Polls will be open Saturday

By: TOM ROEDER
October 22, 2010
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The polls will be open Saturday for those who want to join El Paso County’s burgeoning ranks of early voters.

(See The Gazette's online voter guide here. See an archive of stories about races and measures on the ballot here.)

With less than two weeks left before the Nov. 2 election, more than 32,000 voters have already cast ballots, with more than 2,000 early birds hitting polling sites and more than 30,000 mail voters returning their ballots.

Early voting sites will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at three locations.

“It is open to anyone who wants to vote early,” said Liz Olson, elections manager for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Early voting locations are:

• Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

• Powers Branch, 5650 Industrial Place.

• Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Ste. 350.

Early voting, which started Monday, continues through Oct. 29, Olson said.

Early voters and those returning mail ballots  likely  will make up the lion’s share of votes in the November election. Olson said mail ballots have already been sent to 42 percent of the county’s 371,000 registered voters.

The massive number of early votes is drawing politicians to the county.

Third-party gubernatorial hopeful Tom Tancredo, boosted by recent polling  that show he is closing in on the frontrunner, will stump in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Colorado Springs is crucial for Tancredo, who is siphoning Republican votes from GOP nominee Dan Maes in his effort to defeat Democrat John Hickenlooper.

Tancredo will meet voters 3-4:30 p.m. at Giuseppe’s Old Depot Restaurant, 10 S. Sierra Madre St.

Calhan Republican state Rep. Marsha Looper is urging GOP voters to dump Maes in favor of Tancredo, a former Republican now representing the American Constitution party.

“Under Tom’s leadership, Colorado will be open for business again,” Looper said in a news release.

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