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Chaffee County proved again that it can be counted upon to generate one of the most reliable voter turnouts in the state. As of 10:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell estimated that voter turnout was close to 82 percent of the county’s more than 13,245 registered voters.

“I predicted voter turnout between 10,500 and 11,000, and we hit 11,000,” said Mitchell. “We’ll be close to 11,100. We definitely surpassed what we thought was going to happen.”

Mitchell reminds voters that the election results are still unofficial because it takes eight days to cure the vote. There were still ballots to be picked up late Tuesday night at the general mail facility in Denver, and military absentee votes to come in. “Last year we got in 70 ballots that way. And we hold back 25 ballots to cure with those late-arriving ballots to preserve anonymity. All the votes get counted.”

Mitchell had high praise for her election team. “ We have a great team and we got the results done. We were busy today – it felt like a presidential election here (in volume) and our center in Buena Vista was busy too.”

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