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The Nov. 2 Coordinated Election is rolling, as mail ballots have been in-home for nearly a week, and voting began exactly two weeks prior to election day. Three entities are participating in this coordinated election: The City of Salida, the Buena Vista School District, and the Salida School District.

Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell reports that the election processes have gotten underway smoothly, although ballot receipts so far appear somewhat slower than normal.

Total ballots received on 10-20-2021          751

Total ballots received 10-18.2021                320

Total mail ballots received to date:            1071

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Total county-received ballots by ballot type on Oct. 20:

BV School District            447

Salida School District      260

Salida Ward 1                   138

Salida Ward 2                  123

Salida Ward 3                  103

Total ballots received to date by School District:

BV School District           447

Salida School District    624

Dates to Remember:

Oct. 25 to Nov. 1  Voter Service and Polling Center in Salida will be open at the Scout Hut (210 East Sackett Ave. in Salida)

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, Oct. 30

Nov. 1   Voter Service and Polling Center in Buena Vista will open at the Community Center (715 East Main St.)

  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 2  Election Day for the 2021 Coordinated Election. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. (postmarks do not count.) Both Voter Service and Polling Centers in Salida and Buena Vista will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Locations to drop off mail ballots: 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week ballot drop boxes are located at 104 Crestone Ave., Salida, and at 112 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista. You can also drop off your ballot at the Elections Office in Salida located at 104 Crestone Ave., Salida, during business hours.

Chaffee County Active Voters and Affiliations:

As of October 11, 2021

Party                                 Registration Counts
Unaffiliated                                     7,057
Republican                                      4,492
Democratic                                     4,056
Libertarian                                         153
American Constitution                      41
Green Party                                         24
Unity                                                       8
Approval Voting                                    8
Total Voter Registrations     15,839

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For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office, at 719-530-2630.