Clerk seeks higher turnout

Lila Herod is holding out hope the Nov. 4 general election will draw more voters than the seemingly uninteresting primary election earlier this month.

"I've never had that low of a turnout" as the Aug. 12 primary, she said.

"This November is going to be an exciting election, though," Herod added and held up a pair of crossed fingers. "Things are going to happen this time."

For one, she said, the 2008 presidential race figures to be one of the most contested political struggles since the 2000 race.

For another, a lot of offices are up for grabs, as opposed to the single contested primary earlier this month.

Herod said it was "sad" that 649 registered Moffat County voters participated in the primaries, which accounts for about 7 percent of the county's 8,268 registered voters.

"I truly think we had such a low turnout for the primaries just because there was nothing going on," Herod said. "If there's no candidates fighting on the ballot, then there's no one calling people at home telling them to go vote. I only heard of Randy Baumgardner calling people."

Baumgardner, Republican candidate for Colorado House District 57, won the only contested primary race, defeating Dan Korkowski for the Republican nomination.

With several contested races in November, Herod said there is sure to be more activity.

"It'll be a different story in November," Herod said. "Count on it."

Oct. 6 is the last day residents may register to vote in the general election.

To register, residents can get a voter registration form at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the County Courthouse, or they can print a registration form off the Colorado Secretary of State's Web site or the Moffat County Web site, Herod said.

Registration forms should then be mailed to Herod's office at the courthouse.

New voters don't have to provide identification with their registration forms, Herod said, but all voters must have valid identification when they vote.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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