Last chance to register to vote

Voter registration office sees surge, more active voters in this election

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Are you registered?

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. Residents may register at the:

• Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office

Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

824-9120

• Craig Driver's License Office

555 Breeze St.

824-5447

• Moffat County Social Services

595 Breeze St.

824-8282

• Dinosaur Town Clerk

333 S. Stegosaurus

Note that photo identification is not required to register, but all voters must present identification when they vote. Mail-in ballots must be accompanied with a photocopy of a valid photo identification card with the ballot if the voter has not provided identification before.

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election, though it seems many in Moffat County already have done so.

During the span of 15 minutes late Friday afternoon, three residents visited the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office to register to vote.

They are some of the 236 new registrants since the Aug. 13 Colorado primary. About 150 of those new voters registered in the past 20 days.

With a worn-out sigh, Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said she had more than 100 voter registration applications left to process and add to that total.

New voters have registered with the Republican Party by a 2 to 1 ratio, with 90 Republicans and 45 Democrats. However, there have been more independent voters than either, with 99 unaffiliated.

"Is this the busiest run-up to an election I've had?" Herod said. "It feels like it. It's not only new voters, though. We are also getting tons of inactive voters activating their registrations."

An active voter is defined as either a new registrant or a person who voted in the last election. Inactive voters are those who did not vote in the last election and also have not responded to mailings from the Clerk and Recorder's Office.

So far, 561 inactive voters have updated their status to active.

The number of total active voters, including new registrants, has increased by about 800 residents since August.

As of last week, there were more active voters in Moffat County than in either the 2007 general election or the last presidential election in 2004.

There has been so much election work that Herod and Deputy Clerk Stephanie Beckett planned to come into work during the weekend to catch up.

"I think if we don't, we're going to be in trouble," Herod said with a laugh.

Today, the Clerk and Recorder's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. for others yet to register.

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