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Ballots were pouring into the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorders drive-through ballot drop-off at the Courthouse this morning. By 11:15 a.m. after just three hours, the election judges had received 185 mail ballots.

This young person proudly took a selfie of depositing their election ballot Nov. 1 at the drop box in front of the Chaffee County Administration building Nov. 1. Dan Smith photo.

So far on Monday, Nov. 7, the county had received 726 additional mail ballots, for a new total of  7,992 ballots returned, representing a return rate of 51.1 percent of the county’s 15,652 active registered voters.

As a comparison, at the close of the 2018 Midterm election, Chaffee County had a return rate of around 82 percent.

Election Judges are working in shifts and the plan is always to have at least one Republican and one Democrat election judge on duty at any given time.

Voters should be aware that depending upon how returns come in on Election Day, November 8, final county results may not be known Tuesday evening.

The county’s election judges will only work until 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night and anything not counted at that time will be handled the next day.

The proud young voter pictured here was snapped while voting last week at the official ballot drop box in front of the Chaffee County Courthouse. Ark Valley Voice would really like to know if it was their first time voting (given the smile we think so) so please get in touch with us at AVV at arkvalleyvoice@gmai.com.