Deadline to register for election is nearing

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Residents have until Oct. 3 to register to vote and still be eligible to vote in the Nov. 1 election.

Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County's clerk and recorder, said office personnel have been registering a few people each week.

"We don't expect a huge turnout because it's a coordinated election," Sullivan said about the off-year election. "We expect this one may be a little bigger because of the two county questions."

The Nov. 1 election features two Moffat County questions and one statewide question.

The ballot issues include Referendum 1A, a 5.5-percent tax revenue exemption for Moffat County, and Referendum 1B, a 1-mill property tax to support Horizons Specialized Services.

Horizons is a nonprofit agency that provides services to people with mental retardation. The tax would cost about $12 a year in new taxes on a house worth $150,000.

Referendum 1A would not increase the county's property tax rate. Rather, the county is seeking to keep excess property tax revenues of about $679,000.

Referendum C, a statewide question, would amend the Taxpayers Bill of Rights to allow the state to keep an estimated $3.7 billion in tax revenues that otherwise would be refunded to residents during the next five years.

An adjoining question, Ref--erendum D, can be approved only if Referendum C is ap----proved. Referendum D would allow the state to issue bonds for specific capital improvements.

Sullivan said sample ballots and absentee ballots should be available at Moffat County's Clerk and Recorder office by Sept. 30. Moffat County has centralized its polling locations, with precincts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 at Centennial Mall in Craig. Voters in precincts 4 and 6 will cast ballots at the Maybell Community Center at 406 Collom St. or Dinosaur Town Hall at 333 S. Stegosaurus in Dinosaur.

Early voting runs from Oct. 17 to 28 at the Clerk and Recorder Office at 221 West Victory Way in Craig. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Election day hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all polls.

New requirements state that voters must present identification before casting ballots, Sullivan said.

A voter must present identification at the time of registration and at polling places when casting a ballot in person. A voter also must send a copy of identification with an absentee or mail ballot if the voter has not previously voted in an election in Colorado or has moved to a new county.

Citizens also must present identification when voting early.

Ballot issues are written in Spanish and English.

Sullivan said making Cen--tennial Mall a centralized polling place has increased voter turnout.

"If it isn't clear, they just say 'Forget it,'" she said. "People love it because there's no confusion."

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