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Primary election final reminders

 

Last updated 6/25/2020 at 2:52pm

Photo Courtesy of Runbeck Election Services

Runbeck Election Services, the printer and mailer of ballots for several Colorado counties, including El Paso, announced that 1.3 million ballots had been sent to Colorado voters as of June 9. Additional ballots have been mailed out to recent registrants, but any more last-minute registrants will need to pick up their ballots at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). Federal and state health officials have discouraged large gatherings of people to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, most volunteer poll workers fall into high risk groups for severe complications from COVID-19. This has led to many jurisdictions across the country working to increase their vote-by-mail capacity in upcoming elections. With Colorado's move to all-mail election in 2013, the state is well situated to ensure a safe and seamless election for Colorado voters.

With the primary election just a few days away, voters are urged to return their ballots via drop box or polling center.

Ballots that are mailed now may not be received by the deadline of 7 p.m. on June 30. Ballots postmarked but not received by the Clerk's Office by the deadline will not be counted. It is important for voters to remember to sign the back of their ballot envelope. Unaffiliated voters who received two ballots can only vote and return one.

"We are fortunate in Colorado to vote by mail ballot where voters receive their ballot in advance of Election Day and have time to learn about candidates and make an informed decision," said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. "By returning their ballot early voters help our office get results out more quickly. On Election night the first release of results shortly after 7 p.m. is highly anticipated and the more ballots processed by that time give a better indication of how the races are faring."

With 35 ballot drop-off locations, all with secure 24/7 access and six that are drive-up, returning a ballot should be easy. Interactive maps available on http://www.EPCVotes.com show locations for the ballot drop-off boxes and Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC). Voters can type in their address and search for the nearest to them.

There are six VSPCs currently open and two more locations will be operating at Fountain Library and Vista Grande Baptist Church, Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30. It is important to note, voters interested in voting at one of the shopping malls should enter the vote center at Chapel Hills Mall via the north external event center entrance and at Citadel Mall via the Food Court entrance on the north side of the building. Directional signage will be displayed to assist voters. Voters who need to get a replacement ballot, update their registration, register to vote, or vote in person may do so at any of the VSPCs.

Fountain Library will be open June 29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and June 30, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

These 24-hour ballot drop boxes are open now through June 30:

School District 3 Federal Credit Union – NW corner of Grinnell Boulevard and Crawford Avenue, 1180 Crawford Ave., near the Security Post Office.

Fort Carson (EPC Clerk's Office) – Enter at Gate 1, 6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg. 1525.

Fountain Police Department – SE corner of Santa Fe Avenue and Alabama Avenue.

Fountain Creek Regional Park – SW corner of Hwy. 85/87 and Duckwood Road in the first parking lot.

Pikes Peak Community College – 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

More locations, dates and hours are listed online at https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/elections/records-and-results/

Some of the safety measures implemented at the VSPCs are:

• Face masks worn by all staff.

• Voters are encouraged to wear masks.

• A health screening check of staff before entering the VSPC.

• Voters are asked not to enter a VSPC if they have a temperature or COVID symptoms.

• Plexiglass barriers at staff stations.

• Physical distancing personal – staff and voters will maintain.

• Physical distancing layout – voting areas and equipment positioned to allow for recommended distancing.

• Number of voters in the VSPC monitored to conform with recommended guidelines.

• Sanitizing workspaces, equipment, voting areas, supplies will be done by staff throughout the day.

 

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