Officials: Be prepared for election (9-22-06)

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Seventeen ballot questions and a two-page city charter amendment are facing voters this general election, and that's in addition to choices for local and state offices.

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office staff want people to be prepared for the lengthy voting process, and they are encouraging people to vote early or absentee so they have time to carefully read and understand the issues.

"Voters can get applications for absentee ballots at the clerk's office or online," Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said. "It's a lengthy ballot, so we are suggesting that people study the questions before they come to the voting center."

Statewide ballot issues were printed in the Craig Daily Press on Wednesday and will be printed again before voting starts.

Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan said that people leaving town around election time should be thinking now about voting absentee.

"Snowbirds who head to Arizona or someplace warm need to think about voting early or absentee," Sullivan said. "Kids who go off to school also should apply for an absentee ballot. Parents can't sign for them."

The Clerk and Recorder's Office will start mailing out absentee ballots on Oct. 10, and early voting begins on Oct. 23.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, the demonstration voting machine will be at Sunset Meadows during the AARP meeting for people to practice their voting skills.

During voting at Centennial Mall for the general election on Nov. 7, the demonstration voting machine will be at the entrance to the mall, along with sample ballots for voters to examine before entering the voting booth.

Voters are reminded that identification is required to vote early or in the general election.

First-time voters in Moffat County will need to present identification to apply for an absentee ballot.

"Getting a sample ballot and being prepared is the key," Herod said.

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