In a county that has nearly always exceeded the voter turnout of the rest of the state, ballot returns in Chaffee County appear to be lagging a bit, after a good start. The county stands at a 35.2 percent return rate.
The reason isn’t known. It could simply be that we have some weighty issues on the ballot this year and people are taking their time to think about them. It could be that this is a midterm election and enthusiasm hasn’t kicked in yet.
It is a fact that the lowest rate of returns are from Republican voters, who may be waiting to turn in ballots on election day, November 8. The bright spot is that the rate of unaffiliated voter returns is higher than either the Republican or Democrat party returns — which may be a first. What that means, however, isn’t clear.
On Wednesday the Chaffee Clerk and Recorder’s Office received 656 mail ballots back, for a total of 5,444.
There were three in-person voters at the Scout Hut. Of the mail ballots returned, here is the breakdown by party:
Affiliation Registered voters %
Democrats 3,956 43.1% have voted
Republicans 4,247 34.3% have voted
Unaffiliated 7,250 30.6% have voted
On Thursday, election judges are scheduled to work at 1:00 p.m. at both the Courthouse and the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.
Featured image: As the pumpkins declare, be sure to vote! As seen on F Street in Salida. AVV file photo.