Election officials gearing up for GOP primary

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Stephanie Beckett

At the polls:

Moffat County voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Republican primary election. Polling places are:

• Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

• Hamilton Community Center, 17400 S. Colorado Highway 13.

• Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis St.

• Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 400 W. School St.

— Voters are required to show photo identification. Any Moffat County resident may vote at any of the county’s voting centers.

Moffat County elections supervisor Steph-anie Beckett said Monday, 24 hours before the Republican primary election, that she was nervous with anticipation.

For Beckett, who has been in her current post since April, the primary is her first election as the county’s top election official.

“I just want it to run smooth,” she said. “I guess every year (former elections supervisor Lila Herod) gets nervous, too. I just want it to be no big deal. Just another day.”

Today, Moffat County GOP voters will choose between 13 candidates vying for positions in eight local races, as well Republican candidates for state and federal offices. Winners advance to the November general election.

Beckett said she has been busy the last few weeks preparing for the election by processing mail-in ballots, conducting early voting, and training election judges, among other tasks.

By Friday, Beckett had processed 727 of the 1,499 mail-in ballots that were sent out, she said.

The county clerk and recorder’s office is still receiving and processing mail-in ballots.

Beckett said 455 votes were cast during early voting Aug. 2 through 6. In the last three days of early voting, Beckett said more than 100 people cast their votes each day.

However, Beckett said she would have liked to see more early voters, but hopes the majority of Republican voters are waiting until today to vote.

“I am hoping for a good turnout on Tuesday,” she said. “I think a lot of voters wait until Election Day because they like to go and do it right on the Tuesday.”

In the meantime, Beckett’s office remains busy, as county officials continue to count mail-in ballots and answer questions about the election.

“It is getting more intense I think,” she said. “With the local candidates running, it will start picking up. People are checking on their party affiliations and making sure they are registered to vote. I think Tuesday will be busy at (Centennial) Mall.”

From interacting with residents that have come into her office, Beckett said she thinks people are “excited” and “want to have a say and have their part in the community.”

There are four voting centers in Moffat County open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

They are at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way in Craig; Hamilton Community Center, 17400 S. Colorado Highway 13; Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis St.; and the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 400 W. School St.

Any Moffat County resident may vote at any of the county’s voting centers, but must have proper photo identification to be able to vote.

Voting will not take place at the Moffat County Courthouse, Beckett said.

Residents can drop off mail-in ballots at the four polling places in Moffat County, and at the courthouse for the first time this year, Beckett said.

All ballots must be returned to a polling place by 7 p.m. today.

For more information, call the Moffat County election office at 824-9104.

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