Craig briefs: Monday deadline to register to vote

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On Nov. 3, Craig and Moffat County residents will have the chance to vote on the Moffat County School Board and one question regarding the city's charter.

However, residents have to be registered in order to vote in the election by 5 p.m. Monday.

Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy elections officer, said residents can stop by the clerk's office at 221 W. Victory Way to register.

Herod said there are about 8,700 registered voters.

On Nov. 3, those voters can go to polling places at Centennial Mall, Maybell or Dinosaur to cast their vote.

As an alternative, voters can request mail-in ballots or participate in early voting, which begins Oct. 19.

On the county ballot will be the School Board election.

Seats for districts 2, 4 and 6 are up for election, but all three seats are uncontested.

Incumbents Karen Stillion and Sandie Johns are running for districts 2 and 4, respectively, and Christine Balderston is the District 6 candidate.

The city has one question on the ballot regarding a change in the city's charter.

The charter includes a campaign spending limit for local elections.

The ballot question proposes a change to the charter to eliminate those limitations.

"I think it's a civic duty, and that anyone with any interest or opinion on those campaign limitations should vote," Herod said.

Normally, in an odd-year election such as this one, voter turnout is much lower than years with larger elections running concurrently.

Herod said she expects a voter turnout of about 30 to 40 percent.

But she has seen over the years many community members who will vote no matter what.

"There's still those people out there who vote in every election even if there is no contest," she said. "It just means a lot to them."

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