Ballots for June 30 primary in the mail
Last updated 6/10/2020 at 12:05pm | View PDF
I hope all are having a good start to your day. I wanted to update everyone on ballots being mailed out for the primary election (June 30) as well as on additional re-opening efforts in the county.
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has mailed approximately 408,000 ballots to active registered Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Unaffiliated voters for the 2020 Primary Election. The ballots should arrive in voters' mailboxes by Friday of this week. Depending on precinct, the 2020 Primary Election ballot content will contain contests for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, State Senate, State House, District Attorney and County Commissioner Districts Two, Three and Four. The Clerk and Recorder's Office has 35 secure 24/7 ballot drop-box locations throughout the county. About 98.6 percent of the county's population lives within a 15-minute drive of one of these locations. Voters also may return their ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. However, voters should affix adequate postage and mail their ballot in enough time for delivery to the Clerk's Office before the deadline of 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 30. For more information about the election, including sample Primary Election ballots, voters should visit http://www.EPCVotes.com or call (719) 575-VOTE (8683).
Also, the Board of County Commissioners voted on a new variance plan from El Paso County Public Health to broadly reopen more businesses. This variance request will apply to facilities such as gyms, athletic facilities, theaters, indoor malls, indoor and outdoor activities, attractions, the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge, libraries, and small private special events. The variance must still be approved by the state before we are authorized to implement, but we hope to have word back within a week on what we can proceed with. The Public Health statistics indicate El Paso County continues to do well in containing COVID-19 and therefore I have been advocating strongly for additional and broader re-opening of businesses and functions.
Finally, El Paso County's Planning and Community Development Department and our Community Services Department were both recently recognized with Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. El Paso County Planning and Community Development won its 2020 NACo Achievement Award in the Planning Category for its Water Master Plan. El Paso County Community Services won its 2020 award in the Justice and Public Safety category for its Community Corrections Self Surrender Project. My thanks to all the great work and dedication of the staff in supporting our community and great county.
God bless, everyone.