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Election season nears finish line

By: BOB STEPHENS
November 2, 2012
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Candidates are approaching the finish line of a contentious election season following months of speeches, handshaking and baby kissing.

The politicking will end Tuesday, with the first wave of election results expected for El Paso County about five minutes after polls close at 7 p.m.

The outcome of most local races and issues could be determined with those initial numbers. Calling the Presidential race could be much tougher.

Some voters are no doubt weary of being bombarded with television commercials and radio ads, along with non-stop news coverage of President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

On the local level, voters will decide a congressional race, a handful of state positions and three El Paso County commissioner battles, among others.

County ballot questions include a proposed tax to fund critical needs in the sheriff’s office (ballot issue 1A); whether to keep term limits for elected county officials at three (12 years) or change back to two (eight years), as it was before 2010; and whether to extend a portion of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.

County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams anticipates an increase in voter turnout from the 2008 election, in part because more than 217,000 people requested mail ballots. Early voting at four locations was offered for 11 days, ending Friday, and 112 polling places will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“One advantage of having early voting and mail voting is that it lessens the number of people that need to vote on election day,” Williams said. “Our goal is that people don’t have to wait in line and have a positive voting experience.”

Eight dropoff locations for mail ballots are open Monday and Tuesday. For the first time in the county on election day, mail ballots can be dropped off at any polling place during voting hours.

All four county clerk offices will have curbside dropoff Monday and Tuesday. Clerk offices are at Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road; Downtown Branch, 200 S. Cascade Ave.; North Branch, 8830 N. Union Blvd.; and Southeast Branch, corner of Airport and Powers.

The early weather report for Tuesday is sunny with a temperature in the mid-60s.

 

DROPOFF LOCATIONS FOR MAIL BALLOTS

• Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road (24-hour drop box)
• Southeast Branch, southeast corner Powers Boulevard and Airport Road
• Downtown Branch, 200 S. Cascade Ave.
• North Branch, northeast corner Union Boulevard and Research Parkway
• Colorado Springs City Clerk’s Office, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101
• Fountain City Hall, 116 S. Main St.
• Palmer Lake clerk’s office, 42 Valley Crescent
• Brown Transportation and Environment Complex, 3275 Akers Drive

 

Contact Bob Stephens: 636-0276 Twitter @bobgstephens

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