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Ballots hit the mail for Colorado voters

October 17, 2016 Updated: October 17, 2016 at 9:02 am
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Ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election go in the mail Monday to active, registered Colorado voters, so look for them in mailboxes this week.

Packets include a detailed list of ballot drop-off locations in the voter's county and instructions on how to fill out, sign and return ballots.

Qualified residents can register to vote through Election Day. To do so by Oct. 31, visit a Voter Service and Polling Center or go to govotecolorado.com. After Oct. 31 registration must be done at a voter center. A 22-day residency is required.

"It's still not too late to register to vote," El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman said in a statement. "If someone registers to vote by Oct. 31, they will still be sent a ballot in the mail."

Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail with voter centers opening in stages beginning Monday. The main El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, suite 2202, has a voting center open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By Election Day, El Paso County will have 25 locations to drop off ballots, including some with 24-hour secure ballot drop-off boxes.

All ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Postmarked ballots will not be counted.

For sample ballots, a complete list of voter service centers and information on all of the candidates and ballot measures that will be on ballots in El Paso and Teller counties, go to gazette.com/voterguide.

Registering to vote or changing voter registration information after Oct. 31 requires an in-person visit to a voter centers. Centers also provide replacement ballots, voting on ADA-accessible machines and ballot drop-off.

Voting early helps reduce political campaign phone calls to residents and assists the county in being able to process ballots throughout the election period.

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