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As of Thursday evening, Oct. 21, the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has received a total of 1,411 ballots returned, with 340 ballots received on Thursday.

For the Nov. 2020 election, Chaffee County set up a voting booth outside the administration building to adjust based on COVID-19 pandemic realities. Photo by Dan Smith

Ballots returned by ballot style:

BV School District                   607

Salida School District             349

Salida Council Ward 1            175

Salida Council Ward 2            149

Salida Council Ward 3            131

Ballots Received to Date by School District:

Buena Vista          607

Salida                    804

Clerk Lori Mitchell announced Friday morning that there were not enough ballots returned today to warrant the early election processes that were to start as of 10:00 a.m. today.

“This early ballot processing includes signature verification, deconstruction, and ballot receiving,” said Mitchell in a message. “The daily schedule is fluid and dependent on ballot returns.” She adjusted the schedule with election volunteers and watchers, announcing that formal early ballot processing will now begin at 10:00 a.m.Monday, Oct. 25.

Voters who have not yet received a ballot, or need a replacement because the ballot is lost or arrived damaged need to order a replacement ballot by Oct. 25. Contact the Chaffee County Elections Office at 719-530-5604 or or stop by in-person at 104 Crestone, Salida today for assistance with a replacement ballot.

After Oct. 25 voters will need to appear in person to obtain a replacement ballot. Visit to verify or update your mailing address.

This is also the final week to put your ballot in the mail so the Elections Office can receive it on time. If you do not mail it this week, it will need to be dropped off in person at Chaffee County’s Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC).

See yesterday’s AVV story about the Nov. 2 election for voting times and locations: Ballots must be received by the Elections Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in order to be counted.