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2014 General Election
Garfield County is preparing for the upcoming November 4, 2014 General Election. You must register to vote and your address must be correct to receive your ballot by mail. This year there are numerous changes, and some will make it easier to register and correct your address online. To register or change your address online, visit www.GoVoteColorado.com. The last day to register online and receive your ballot by mail is October 27.

After you have filled out your ballot, add $.49 postage to mail it through the United States Postal Service. We recommend it is mailed by October 28 so that it is received in the Garfield County Clerk's office by November 4.

You may also drop off your ballot at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). VSPC's act as your all-in-one polling center. You may register to vote, turn in your ballots, update your address, request a replacement ballot, and vote unaided on an electronic voting machine. You may visit any VSPC within the county, no matter your address, and each has differing hours of operation and election services. To find your closest VSPC, visit www.GoVoteColorado.com. Ballots must be received no later than 7:00 pm, November 4, 2014. A full list of Voter Service and Polling Centers is below.

The Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation District has canceled its November 4, 2014 Independent Mail Ballot Election.

General Election - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sample ballots: Ballots were mailed October 14, 2014.
Your address determines which questions will be on your ballot.

Precinct 1-7, 9-18, 20, 22, 24
Precinct 15SWCD - 23SWCD
Precinct 19RW - 23RW
Precinct 20R
Precinct 24DF
Precinct 24SD - 27SD
Carbonate
Consolidated English
Consolidated Spanish
Glenwood Springs 6, 7, 9, 10-12 (in city limits), 8

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flag buttonBallots
  A ballot design is in process. Each candidate and party chair, as well as each designated election official (DEO) for participating entities, received ballot proofs and audio recordings to approve.

The logic and accuracy testing began Tuesday, September 16, 2014 and Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014, at 9 am each day in the first floor election room at the Garfield County Courthouse. This process is open to the public.

Ballots for the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Voting Act voters must be in the mail or sent electronically by Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Ballot packets will be mailed to all active registered voters beginning October 14, 2014. Voters who might be travelling or are leaving the area for the winter should contact the county clerk's office to make sure their correct mailing address is on file. By statute, ballot packets cannot be forwarded to another address, and will be returned to the clerk's office as undeliverable.

flag buttonSpecial taxing districts
 

Participating entities with a TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) question must submit the full text of ballot issue notices to the Garfield County Clerk by the close of business on September 23, 2014. The actual TABOR Notice will be mailed to all households with registered voters residing in a political subdivision with a TABOR question on the ballot.

There are two special districts coordinating on the county ballot – De Beque Fire Protection District and Silt Water Conservancy District. Specials districts also allow property owners who reside outside the district and are registered voters in the State of Colorado to vote on special district matters. Garfield County voters who own property in special districts coordinating with a county clerk or special districts which are conducting their own Independent Mail Ballot Elections may receive additional ballots for those special district elections. Garfield County creates a special property owner ballot that is sent to these eligible electors.


flag buttonVoter Service and Polling Centers
 

The clerk's offices in Glenwood Springs at the courthouse, and the branch office in Rifle at 144 E. 3rd Street, are Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). Voters may register to vote, make a change of address, request a replacement ballot, vote unaided on an electronic voting machine, or drop off voted ballots at both of these locations. The Rifle office will be open Saturday, November 1, from 10 am to 2 pm to assist voters. The Glenwood office will be open Saturday, October 25, 2014, and Saturday, November 1, 2014 to assist voters from 10 am to 2 pm. Both offices will be open 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day.

For voters' convenience, there is a 24/7 ballot drop off box available in Glenwood Springs on the 8th Street curb, near the original south entrance to the courthouse. Voters may also drop off ballots inside the east entrance between 7:30 am and 5 pm, or the clerk's office in Suite 200 from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, and Parachute have served as standalone drop off sites for voted ballots since the 2006 Election. These sites are available Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm.

And additional voter service and polling center will be available beginning Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Garfield County Department Human Services Falls Conference room, located at 195 West 14th Street, in Rifle. The hours for this VSPC are Monday through Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm, Saturday, November 1, from 10 am to 2 pm, and Election Day, November 4, from 7 am to 7 pm.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, additional VSPCs will be available at the following locations from 7 am to 7 pm - Carbondale Town Hall, Glenwood Springs Community Center, New Castle Branch Library, Silt Branch Library, and Parachute Branch Library. Voters can register to vote, change their addresses, receive new ballots or replacement ballots, drop off voted ballots, or choose to vote on an accessible electronic voting machine.


flag buttonVoter registration
  With the passage of new voter laws in 2013, legislation in 2014, and additional legislation concerning special district and municipal election laws, the registration requirements were harmonized and now all the different political subdivisions have the same Colorado residency requirement of 22 days prior to the election.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 is the last day to submit a voter registration application through a voter registration drive. Monday, October 27, 2014, is the last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application either online at www.govotecolorado.com or by fax, email, or regular mail to a county clerk's office, to have a ballot automatically mailed. Voters may register to vote or complete address changes at the VSPCs on Election Day.

The county clerk must notify an applicant who submits a voter registration application as a new voter, or does a change of address after October 27, 2014, that he or she will not receive a mail ballot and he or she must visit a VSPC (voter service and polling center) to obtain a ballot.

flag button Ballot collection
  Mail ballots are delivered daily from the post office and will be picked up from the drop off sites at least two times a week until October 27, 2014. Then the ballots will be picked up daily from the drop off sites and other two VSPCs. The mail ballot judges will process returned ballots, verify signatures, and prepare ballots for counting, beginning October 20, 2014. No tabulation of ballots is done until after 7 pm on Election Night.

flag button Voter signature requirement
 

Voters who forget to sign the voter affidavit on the ballot return envelope will receive a letter and a signature affidavit to sign and email, fax, mail, or deliver in person to the clerk's office. Once this signature affidavit is received, the voter's ballot will be processed and counted. Voters have until eight days after the election to return this signed affidavit.

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If a bi-partisan team of election judges determines that the signature on the return envelope doesn't match the signature for that voter on file in the SCORE voter registration system, the voter will receive a signature discrepancy letter. The voter must sign the affidavit and return the signed affidavit with an acceptable form of identification for the ballot to be counted. Voters have until eight days after the election to return the signed affidavit.

flag button Post-election audit
  After the election, the Colorado Secretary of State randomly selects election equipment for the post-election audit, which is conduct by the canvass board. The board then meets to verify that the number of ballots submitted and accepted equals the number of ballots counted. Once this process is finished, the canvass board signs the post-election audit form and the canvass certification form, which are both submitted to the secretary of state. Both processes must be completed by Friday, November 21, 2014.


Voter Service & Polling Centers
Voter Service & Polling Centers are one-stop shops for voters. At these centers, you can register to vote, drop off ballots, change an address and obtain a replacement ballot.

Garfield County Courthouse
Voter Service and Polling Centers
and drop box locations

Garfield County Clerk's office - Glenwood Springs
Garfield County Courthouse
109 8th Street, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday, October 25, 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, November 1, 10 am - 2 pm
Election Day, 7 am - 7 pm
Garfield County Clerk's office - Rifle
144 East 3rd Street
Rifle
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday, November 1, 10 am - 2 pm
Election Day, 7 am - 7 pm
Garfield County Courthouse inside east entrance ballot box
Garfield County Courthouse
109 8th Street, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs
7:30 am - 5 pm
8th Street Ballot drop-off box
Original south courthouse entrance

 

Ballot drop off sites 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday
and Saturday, November 1, from 10 am - 2 pm

Carbondale
Carbondale Town Hall
511 Colorado Avenue
Carbondale
Silt
Silt Town Hall
680 Home Avenue
Silt
Parachute
Parachute Branch Library
222 Grand Valley Way
Parachute
New Castle
New Castle Town Hall
450 West Main Street
New Castle

 

Additional voter service locations after October 20, 2014
Monday - Friday, 12-5 pm
Saturday, November 1, 10 am-2 pm
Election Day, November 4, 7 am-7 pm

Rifle
Garfield County Department of Health and Human Services
195 W 14th Street
Rifle


Additional voter services on Election Day, November 4, 7 am - 7 pm
Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Community Center
100 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs
Carbondale
Carbondale Town Hall
511 Colorado Avenue
Carbondale
Silt
Silt Branch Library
680 Home Avenue
Silt
Parachute
Parachute Branch Library
244 Grand Valley Way
Parachute
New Castle
New Castle Branch Library
402 Main St
New Castle

Hands up for elections

IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE. PROTECT IT. VERIFY YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION.
Use the statewide online voter registration system at www.govotecolorado.com or;
contact the Garfield County Election Department by telephone 970-384-3700, option 2, or fax 970-947-1078
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Clerk & Recorder - Glenwood Springs
109 8th Street, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
Email Clerk & Recorder


970-384-3700 | phone
970-947-1078 | fax


Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm (except holidays)


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  Clerk & Recorder - Rifle
144 East 3rd Street
Rifle, CO  81650
Email Clerk & Recorder


970-625-0882 | phone
970-625-0908 | fax


Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm (except holidays)


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