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If you haven’t mailed in or dropped off your Colorado mail in ballot, today is the day. That’s because today is the Last Day to Vote in the Colorado Primary Election. Chaffee County election poll sites will be open until 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, March 3. If you are in line at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

Postmarks do not count. For your ballot to count, now you have to bring your ballot in person to one of the two polling stations.

Those locations are:

  • Salida Clerk’s Office, 104 Crestone Ave, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day
  • BV Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 112 Linderman Ave, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Colorado is one of 14 states participating in today’s primary elections. Known as ‘Super Tuesday’, our state is one of 14 states casting their primary elections ballots, which represent nearly one third of the ballots necessary to secure the United States presidential nomination.

Chaffee County now has 13,711 eligible voters and the county is expecting a high voter turnout. “In the last Presidential Primary 20 years ago only about 1,300 votes cast were here,” said Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell. “For Super Tuesday I think we can get to 11,000, I always think we can get to 80 percent [of eligible voters].”

Colorado makes the act of voting very accessible, even for those who may not yet be registered in the county. Colorado has same-day registration. Mitchell says that residents can register to vote today – election day – then cast a ballot. Voters can visit a vote center to vote in-person, and in case a voter has misplaced their mailed ballot, they can get a replacement ballot as well.