Francisco Reina, of Craig, votes via paper ballot Friday at the Moffat County Courthouse. Early voting continues until Friday.

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Francisco Reina, of Craig, votes via paper ballot Friday at the Moffat County Courthouse. Early voting continues until Friday.

Sizable turnout for early voting

By the numbers

• 5,500: The estimated record number of votes cast in Moffat County during one election.

• 1,710: The number of Moffat County voters who cast a ballot during the first five days of early voting.

• 1,260: The number of requested mail-in ballots that have yet to come in to the Clerk and Recorder's Office.

• 6: The remaining number of days available for residents to cast a ballot. Early voting is available from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday, and there will be vote centers open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur.

Ballot requirements

Voting machines will not accept ballots with conflicting marks, such as a check mark that extends outside the set box for each candidate and ballot question.

Officials ask that residents who vote through a mail-in or paper ballot be sure they do not make any marks outside set boxes.

In the case there are stray marks, early voters at the Moffat County Courthouse will be notified and given the option of filling out a new ballot. Mail-in ballots and those cast on Election Day will be given to a bipartisan panel of judges to recreate ballots.

— The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office had a busy time with the first week of early voting, but they all seem busy, Lila Herod said.

"When you're in an election, they always seem busy," said Herod, chief deputy clerk and recorder. "But this one does seem extreme."

Between voters coming into the County Courthouse and ballots received through the mail, 1,710 Moffat County residents have voted in the past five days.

About 940 residents have returned mail-in ballots, and Herod said there are another 1,260 that were requested that have yet to come in.

It's all part of an election with more active voters than the county has seen in at least the past 10 years, a total of 6,605.

About 500 new voters have registered since the middle of September, and 327 voters have called the Clerk and Recorder's Office to update their information and reactivate their voter status.

Herod said the largest voter turnout in county history was about 5,500 votes. After one week, the county is about 31 percent of the way to matching that record, and there is another full week of early voting before Election Day on Nov. 4.

Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Moffat County Courthouse.

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