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Moffat County residents to vote in primary election

Erin Fenner

Moffat County voters will be voting on the next District 3 county commissioner in the June primary election, ending Tuesday night.

Tuesday is Moffat County voters' last chance to decide who will be their next District 3 county commissioner.

Frank Moe, owner of Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites is running against Tom Soos, county emergency management coordinator for the seat that is currently occupied by Tom Mathers.

The primary election is a prime time for county Republicans. They will be voting on one county contested race and state level races as well, including the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Democrats and American Constitution party voters will also be able to drop off ballots, but with no contested races.

"It is very important for Republicans to vote in this primary for a couple reasons," said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman for the Colorado Republican executive committee. "First, our county commissioner nominee will be decided now, and as this race is currently unopposed, the winner will likely be the next county commissioner. Second, this primary will determine who the Republican nominee for the governor … in Colorado."

Jo Ann Baxter, chair of the Moffat County Democrats, said she cast her ballot even though there aren't any races in the county or contested races otherwise.

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"It does kind of let people know that there are Democrats out there," she said. "Even though we don't have contested candidates, we still support them."

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said it's probably too late to mail in the mail-in ballots. But, people can drop their ballots off at the drop box or stop in and cast their ballot in the polling service center at the Moffat County Courthouse as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday, Herod said. The drop box is on the east side of the courthouse.

Even though it's technically a mail-in-ballot only election, the voting service will be available to make voting as feasible as possible.

"It just offers (voters) another solution for voting if they don't want to cast a paper ballot," Herod said. Or, it can also be a safeguard in case a ballot didn't get to a voter because their address changed.

People should come to the polling service center prepared with an ID, she said. They can register at the polls or get a replacement ballot if they made a mistake on their first one.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.