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Moffat County voters still have time to get to the polls

Patrick Kelly

A ballot box at Moffat County Courthouse awaits voters.

Completed ballots are trickling into Moffat County Courthouse with an expected increase in submissions in the next few days leading up to the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod said her office had collected 1,900 ballots as of mid-afternoon Friday, representing about 27 percent of the 6,910 ballots mailed out.

Of the ballots collected, 1,186 are city of Craig and 714 are Moffat County.

"Usually election day we have a lot coming in," Herod said. "It's that last-minute rush and that is very typical."

Her office — located on the east end of Moffat County Courthouse's first floor, 221 W. Victory Way in Craig — will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate voters.

Herod said with Election Day approaching, she suggests those who have not mailed in their ballots already drop them off at the courthouse in person. Ballot drop boxes are located outside of the courthouse's east entrance and in the clerk's office.

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Voters can also register as late as Election Day and cast their votes on paper ballots or via electronic voting machines located at the courthouse.

According to Herod, odd-year elections tend to see less voter participation than general elections and so far this year's ballot collection is lagging behind the last odd-year election in 2013.

At this point in 2013, 2,800 ballots had been collected with another 1,193 coming in the Monday and Tuesday before polls closed.

Herod said she thinks the amount of candidates for Moffat County School Board and the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control will drive up voter participation in this election.

"Anytime there's local candidates on a ballot that really does generate some more interest," she said.

Craig and Moffat County residents will also have the opportunity to vote on two initiatives geared toward economic development.

Ballot measures 1A and 2A ask whether the city and county may reestablish the legal ability to provide telecommunication services with public or private sector providers. Only Craig residents will vote on 2A.

Ballot measure 5A establishes a Local Marketing District that would levy a 4 percent tax on rooms and accommodations in Moffat County. The projected revenue from the tax is $275,000 in the first year. The funds can be used for promoting tourism, supporting business recruitment, management and development, and organizing public events.

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