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Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell reported late Monday evening that 9199 of the county’s 13,245 active registered voters have already voted, accounting for 68.7 percent of total voters.

The Clerk and Recorder’s office received 1451 ballots on Monday, and 91 voters have voted in person.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday across Chaffee County and will remain open until 7:00 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 6. Those 18-years-old and a registered voter in Chaffee county are eligible to vote. It is too late to mail ballots; all ballots must be dropped off at a voting location or deposited in the ballot boxes in front of voting locations. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. Election day. Those in line to vote at 7:00 pm. Tuesday evening will be allowed to vote.

For a list of all locations, go to: https://arkvalleyvoice.com/its-election-day-time-to-vote/

The county had 13,245 active registered voters as of Oct. 25; the largest segment identifying as unaffiliated voters. Returned mail ballots by end-of-day Monday, Nov 5:

Registered Democrats      2713
Registered Republicans   3174
Unafiliated voters              3121
Minor parties                       191
Total:                                  9199

Some 35 million ballots have already be cast across all 50 states and record turn-out is expected for this mid-term election. In Colorado 1.8 million ballots have been returned. In recent years, election results have often been determined by the votes of unaffiliated voters.

Typically voter turn-out in mid-term elections is lower than presidential election years. But this year a combination of strident party messaging, ballot issues and close races appears to be influencing voter turn-out across Colorado.