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Chaffee mail ballot returns for Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, totaled 876, bringing the total ballots returned to 7,266. One person voted in person in Salida on Saturday, and no one voted in person at the Buena Vista Vote Center at the Community Center.

Especially for the last two days of the 2022 Midterm election today and on Election Day tomorrow, Chaffee County will have two Election Judges stationed outside the Courthouse for a drive-up and drop-off ballot service. The Election Judges will start at 8:00 a.m. on both days, weather permitting.

In 2020, the Chaffee County Vote Camp was setup in the park across from the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 104 Crestone Ave., Salida. This year Election Judges will be stationed outside the Courthouse to accept ballots for the last two days of the election, November 7-8.

In the past couple of years the county adjusted to election administration during a pandemic and did everything it could to encourage voting. In 2020 because voters couldn’t go inside county buildings, the county even set up a Vote Camp trailer parked across from the County Courthouse in Thonoff Park in Salida.

“Will we see if any voters on horseback come through, or maybe a skateboarder?” chuckles Chaffee Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell. “We’ll see.”

Signature Verification begins at the Chaffee County Courthouse at 10:00 a.m. today, Monday, November 7. Ballot extraction from the envelopes will begin around 12:00 noon but could be later. Tabulation at the Fairgrounds will begin around 1:00 p.m. today as well.

The timeline for the setup of the  Poncha Springs Vote Center is tentatively scheduled for around 3:00 p.m. today as well.