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Today, Tuesday, November 8 is election day — with all county polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you haven’t participated in early voting — now is the time to cast your ballot.

Mail ballots can be dropped off in a ballot box or directly at the county’s vote centers, or you can go to vote in person at a vote center: The Salida Scout Hut, the Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs, or at the Buena Vista. Community Center.

The schedule has been a bit fluid due to the range of daily ballot returns, but this is the tentative schedule for today as it stands now:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — All Chaffee County Vote centers open
  • 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Drive-through drop off open outside the ChaffeeCounty Courthouse.
  • 10:00 a.m. — Signature verification begins
  • 12:00 noon — Ballot extraction at the Chaffee County Courthouse
  • 1:00 p.m. — Ballot tabulation at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds

Chaffee County ended Monday with 1,336 Mail Ballots returned in this single day, for a total of 8,603  mail ballots returned since early voting started. As of Monday evening, 1,298,585 Coloradans had cast their ballots.

Setting Expectations of Results

“Early unofficial reports should be up on the state Election Night Reporting site by 7:30 p.m. ” says Chaffee Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell. “Staff and Judges work really hard to get those first results up as close to 7:00 p.m. as possible.”

Stand by for an update from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office regarding results reporting later today, which Ark Valley Voice will report as soon as we receive it.