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Gazette Premium Content Record number of ballots will be mailed in county

By Megan Schrader Updated: October 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

On Tuesday, almost 360,000 ballots will be mailed to voters in El Paso County, a record amount under a new law encouraging voting by mail.

Voters will answer two statewide questions: Should income taxes be increased to generate $1 billion for education and should marijuana have an additional excise and sales tax when recreational sales begin Jan. 1?

Depending on where they live, voters also likely will select their favorite local school board candidate, place at least one postage stamp on the envelope and mail the ballot back before Election Day, Nov. 5.

Ryan Parsell, spokesman for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, said ballots must be received by the county no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

"If they have any questions about whether it's going to make it back in the mail, they should drop it off," Parsell said. "All mail is routed through Denver, so you can't count on one-day delivery in Colorado Springs anymore."

Once the ballot is in the mail or dropped off at a voting center, voters can check www.govotecolorado.com to ensure the clerk's office has received it.

For those hoping to vote in person, either because they're nostalgic or they need to register to vote or change their addresses after the deadline of Oct. 28, seven voting service and polling centers will open beginning Monday, Oct. 28.

None of the traditional neighborhood precincts used in past elections will be open for this election, a change under the election reform law, HB1303.

But there will be eight days of in-person voting at the polling centers. Voters can drop off their ballots 24 hours a day, seven days a week at four locations.

There is no deadline to register to vote in this election. Colorado residents who have lived in-state for at least 22 days can go to any voting service center location, register to vote and cast a ballot between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5, except Sunday, Nov. 3, when all voting centers in the county will be closed.

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Contact Megan Schrader:

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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