Clerk's Corner: Keep these deadlines in mind during election season

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Did you know?

— You will not vote for president until the general election on Nov. 4.

Colorado's political parties elect delegates to the national conventions through the precinct caucuses, not through the primary election.

However, there are other important federal, state and county races on your ballot. Ask your county clerk and recorder for a "Sample Ballot" to learn more about the primary races.

Aug. 12 Primary

You will have three options for voting:

• Mail-in (formerly known as absentee) to allow you to vote in the comfort of your home at your convenience. You also have the ability to sign up for permanent mail-in so that you do not have to request a mail-in ballot every general election year.

• Early voting at the Moffat County Courthouse. This will be all-electronic equipment, although you always have the option to request a mail-in ballot that can be voted in our office or that you can carry home with you.

• Voting at the polls on Election Day. We will be using paper ballots with the mandatory handicapped-accessible electronic equipment.

Important dates

• An unaffiliated voter may declare a party affiliation any time up to and including Election Day at the polls.

• Unaffiliated voters who have signed up for permanent mail-in ballots will not receive a mail-in ballot for the Primary Election, as you have to declare a party affiliation to be able to vote in the primary.

• If you have requested a mail-ballot, it has been mailed to you.

• Aug. 4 through 8: Early voting at the Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Don't forget to bring identification.

• Aug. 5 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot.

• Aug. 8 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot in person at the Clerk and Recorder's Office.

• Aug. 12 - Primary Election Day at the Centennial Mall, Maybell Community Center or the Dinosaur Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Drop-off locations for mail-in ballots: 221 W. Victory Way No. 200 at the Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Check status online

Check your address, voter status and party affiliation at www.co.moffat.co.us

• Select Moffat County Government official Web site

• Click on the red, white and blue United States

• Select Elections

• Online information select - check your voter registration

• Voter Registration - verify your voter registration information

• Fill in the blanks, and hit Search

We are here to serve the voters of Moffat County. If you have any questions, call us at (970) 824-9104.

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