Voter registration closes

Officials prepping for heavy November turnout for general election

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Calendar: 2008 general election

Oct. 20 - Early voting begins

Oct. 28 - Last day to mail-in an application for an absentee ballot

Oct. 31 - Last day to file an application for an absentee ballot, if not mailing.

Oct. 31 - Last day for early voting.

Nov. 4 - General election

Nov. 4 - Last day to turn in (in person) absentee ballots

With less than a month left before the Nov. 4 general election, the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office has a whole new batch of potential voters to enter into its system.

Lila Herod, chief deputy clerk and recorder, estimated about 500 residents submitted a voter registration form or application for mail-in ballots between Friday and Monday.

"We have a whole stack sitting right here to go through," she said Monday night, minutes after the 4:45 p.m. deadline to register had passed.

"We will make a pretty good dent in everything the next couple of days," Herod said, adding that she thinks the buildup to this year's election has been fueled in part by the race at the top of the ticket, for president.

Mail-in ballots were sent Monday to people overseas.

About 1,305 ballots will be sent out today, Herod said.

There are 8,449 total registered voters in Moffat County, though just 6,330 active voters. Active voters are newly registered voters and voters who cast a ballot in the last election.

This month there are four other important voting dates and deadlines, one each on Oct. 20 and 28 and two on Oct. 31. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and closes Oct. 31. The last day to mail-in a request for an absentee, or mail-in, ballot is Oct. 28, and the last day to file an absentee ballot request in person is Oct. 31.

Herod said her office is anticipating a heavy voter turnout next month, and once the new registrations and applications have been sifted through, election officials will turn their attention toward preparing for November.

"I bet : we have a 70 to 80 percent turnout of active voters," she said.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday afternoon suggested Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has widened his lead against Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to eight points.

Fifty-three percent of likely voters polled indicated they are supporting Obama, compared to 45 percent supporting his Republican challenger, according to poll results.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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