Register to vote by Monday

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 1 election.

Any citizen 18 or older can register at the Moffat County Courthouse, social services office or the driver's license office.

Chief Deputy Clerk and Re----corder Lila Herod said it takes less than two minutes to register at her office at the courthouse. The process is pretty easy, she said.

"We'll be gentle with them," Herod said.

Voters don't need identification to register, but they will need it to vote.

This year's ballot doesn't have any elected offices up for grabs, but there are four tax questions, two local questions and two state questions.

Referendum 1B asks for a 1-mill property tax to benefit people with mental disabilities.

Referendum 1A asks voters to allow the county to keep money that would otherwise be refunded under a law from 1913.

On the state level, Refer--endums C and D ask voters to allow the state to keep revenues that would otherwise be given back to taxpayers under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

Historically, voter turnout in odd-year elections such as this is lower than in general elections, such as 2004.

In 2004, 66 percent of registered voters in Moffat County cast a ballot. But in 2003, the last odd-year election, 34 percent of Moffat County's registered voters cast ballots. In 1995, just 11 percent made it to the polls.

New Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis said in a statement that she hopes more voters turnout this year.

"We want to make sure citizens do not let the 2005 odd-year election date pass them by," she said. "I encourage all registered voters to get out and vote this Nov. 1."

Dennis took over as secretary Sept. 26 after Donetta Davidson took a federal election post in August.

Early voting begins Oct. 17 and ends Oct. 28. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 21 if the ballot is mailed and Oct. 28 if the ballots are not mailed.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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