Ballots for the 2019 Coordinated Election began arriving in households across Chaffee County on Thursday, Oct. 17. More than 14,000 ballots were mailed out to the active eligible voter count of 14,057 in the county. As of Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20, the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorders Office had received 476 voted ballots back, which grew Monday afternoon to 911 completed ballots returned.

“If a voter hasn’t received their ballot by Wednesday, Oct. 23, we encourage them to call the Elections Office at 719-530-5606, so a replacement ballot can be mailed. Or stop by 104 Crestone Ave., Salida,” said Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell.

The last day to mail a ballot from the Chaffee County Clerk’s Office is Oct. 28.  After that date, voters will need to visit a vote center to obtain a ballot.  Colorado has same-day voter registration. If voters are not registered yet have lived in Colorado for more than 22 days, they can register and vote in this year’s election.  For more details, call or stop by 104 Crestone Ave., Salida.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

The Colorado State Blue Book, which has information on Proposition CC and Proposition DD, was sent out a few weeks ago. It can also be viewed online at www.leg.colorado.gov, or voters can pick one up at the Elections Office.

For those wondering what is happening at the local level, there is not a local Blue Book for this election. Within the Salida School District, voters will see Ballot Issue 5A, asking voters whether they want to join the Colorado Mountain College tax district.

Colorado’s election process is considered one of the more secure processes in the United States.

“We are required by [Colorado] law to have a ballot-marking device system,” Mitchell said. “So the process prints out a paper record of every vote. And we comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so even if a voter needs to use the accessible machine, and they vote with a stylus, a paper ballot is produced.”