Election approaching

Clerks predict quick procedure for November ballot

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Voting dates

• Oct. 9: Last day to register to vote

• Oct. 22: Early voting begins

• Oct. 30: Last day to apply for absentee ballot for mailing

• Nov. 2: Last day for early voting

• Nov. 6: Election Day

— Voters casting ballots in November's election will likely be spending less time in the voting booth than they will spend confirming their voting status and showing identification.

"It's a short ballot," said Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder. "There are no state questions, and I think voters will spend only about a minute in the booth."

The Nov. 6 ballot will include filling four seats on the Moffat County School District board, a process simplified with only four candidates applying for the positions.

Two referendums on the ballot will ask Moffat County voters to approve higher taxes for funding school improvements and a new The Memorial Hospital.

The largest obstacle facing voters may be remembering to bring identification to the polling place.

Election laws passed in 2002 require voters to present identification to election officials before registering to vote or casting a ballot.

"We had a number of voters last election that needed to return home for identification," Sullivan said.

Absentee ballot voters need to send a copy of identification with an absentee or mail ballot if they have not voted in a previous Colorado election, or if they are new county residents.

All voters, including early voters, must present identification when casting a ballot in person at election headquarters in the Moffat County courthouse, and at the four voting centers located throughout the county.

Identification can include a current and valid photo ID, such as a Colorado driver's license, an ID card issued by the Department of Revenue, a pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, a U.S. military ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or government check showing the name and address of the person voting.

Registered voters may cast a ballot at any of the voting centers in the county before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters in Dinosaur will be casting ballots at a new vote center location in the Dinosaur Library on School Street.

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

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