Time to vote

Register deadline for primary is Monday

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Voters have until Monday to register to vote in the primary that will decide the commissioner race and narrow the sheriff field.

The deadline to register -- for those who are new to town or haven't voted in the past two general elections -- for the Aug. 8 primary is Monday.

There are a few new things to watch out for this year, Moffat County Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said.

"People voting in Hamilton, Maybell and Dinosaur will only have electronic voting on the day of the primary," Herod said. "If anyone wants a paper ballot in those towns, they will need to vote either early or by absentee ballot."

Early voting for the primary election begins on July 29. Aug. 4 is the last day of early voting.

Another change for Moffat County is the use of voting centers for this election. Voters will be allowed to vote at any of the four voting centers, located in Hamilton, Maybell, Dinosaur and Craig. Voting in the town in which you are registered is not required, and all election centers are linked electronically to prevent voting overlap.

Absentee and early voting will be held at the Moffat County Election Office, 221 West Victory Way.

In a voter outreach program, election officials will be visiting Hamilton, Maybell, Dinosaur and locations throughout Craig in the next few weeks with voting machine simulators to demonstrate to voters how to use the new touch-screen machines.

There are no Democrats on the primary ballot locally, and the only Democrats ballot are uncontested on the state level.

Herod said even if there are no contested races, Democrats can still show their support for the candidates.

With races being contested at the sheriff and county commissioner levels on the Republican ballot, some Democrats have been known to switch parties for the primary elections, Herod said. Monday is also the last day for candidates to change their party affiliation.

Anyone who voted in the last general election in November 2005 is already registered to vote in the primary election.

A change of local address will not prevent anyone from voting, Herod said, and voters can change their registration addresses while checking in to vote in the primary election.

Absentee ballots can be printed off the county Web site at www.co.moffat.co.us and mailed to the Clerk and Recorder's Office.

The general election is Nov. 7.

For more information about registration or the primary election, call 824-9104.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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