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Voters can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by verifying registration addresses in advance and using free ballot drop boxes; the deadline to register or update a record to receive a ballot by mail is Oct. 26
Contact: Kathy Neel, Summit County Clerk and Recorder, 970-453-3471
SUMMIT COUNTY – In preparation for the 2020 general election, the Summit County Clerk and Recorder is encouraging voters to verify that their voter registrations are up to date at www.GoVoteColorado.gov. The Summit County Elections Office will automatically mail ballots to each active registered voter in Summit County the week of Oct. 12; there is no need to make a request to receive a ballot by mail.
Coloradans can verify or change the mailing address or any other part of their voter registration, or register to vote for the first time, by visiting GoVoteColorado.gov, where they can complete the online form or print a paper form and mail it to the Summit County Clerk & Recorder.
“Colorado has voted by mail since 2013 and is a leader conducting elections by mail in the United States,” Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel said. “Every single active registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail. With multiple issues and candidates on the ballot, we recommend that voters take the time to vote your mail ballot at your own pace."
Each ballot will contain content customized for its voter based on the physical address provided in the voter registration form.
Summit County voters may return their ballots in the provided envelopes by mail through the U.S. Postal Service or by depositing them in a 24-hour outdoor, secure drop box at one of the following five locations:
The secure drop boxes will accept ballots from Oct. 12 through 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. The boxes are under 24-hour video surveillance. Polling places will be available on Election Day.
In-person early voting is available at the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library, 103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 19 through Nov. 3; and 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, Oct. 31. In-person voting is available electronically or by paper ballot.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will be able to vote in person, electronically or via paper ballot, and turn in mail ballots at the following three voting centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
All registered Summit County voters can vote at any drop box, early voting location or voting center in the county, regardless of which precinct they live in.
“All of our voting centers are at different facilities than our drop-box locations, so it’s important to make sure you’re headed to the right place if you’re voting in person,” Neel said. “It’s also important to keep in mind that we can see long lines on Election Day, so we encourage citizens to vote by mail. If you prefer voting in person, take advantage of two weeks of early voting in Breckenridge to avoid inconvenience and reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Voters who have not mailed their ballots by Oct. 26 are highly encouraged to drop them off in person at a 24-hour drop box or voting center. All mail ballots must be received in the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, a ballot drop box or a voting center by 7 p.m. on Election Day, regardless of postmark date.
The Elections Office is located inside the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge, which remains closed to the public because of COVID-19. But staff are available by phone and email during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. All non-election services of the Clerk & Recorder, including motor vehicle license plates and titles, will be closed on Election Day. Elections staff can be reached by calling 970-453-3479 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We urge people to plan ahead on any business they need to conduct with our office on Nov. 3,” Neel said. “On Election Day, we have all hands on deck. This ensures that voting and ballot-counting go smoothly and efficiently. We appreciate the community’s understanding during the very busy day.”
The Summit County Elections Office counts all valid mail ballots in the same manner as valid ballots submitted in person, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race. To verify that your ballot has been received by the Elections Office, visit www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
For more information about voting in Summit County, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/vote.