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Ballots for Nov. 2 election are out


Last updated 10/15/2021 at 2:12pm

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has mailed over 464,300 ballots to all eligible, active registered voters for the 2021 Coordinated Election. Ballots have started arriving in voters' mailboxes, some as early as last Saturday.

The 2021 Coordinated Election ballot content contains contests for municipal offices, school board candidates, school district measures, special district measures, statewide measures and local measures. The content of a voter's individual ballot is dependent on where they reside. Voters are urged to research these items in advance utilizing the Colorado General Assembly Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) and the El Paso County TABOR Notice mailed earlier this month. Once an informed decision has been made, voters may vote and return their ballot early.

Local issues and elected positions on the ballot:

Fountain voters will be asked to elect three new City Council members and a mayor.

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has three openings on the school board.

Widefield School District 3 has three openings on the school board.

Security Fire Protection District seeks a 6.4-mill increase to fund operations and growth of the fire department (Ballot Issue 6A) to better retain employees, provide faster response times, and meet fire station demands of the growing population. (See article in Aug. 18 issue of Fountain Valley News: "Security Fire: Ready to build new fire station, request mill increase.")

Voters have many options for returning their voted ballot in a safe and secure manner. The Clerk and Recorder's Office has 38 secure 24/7 ballot drop-box locations throughout the county. About 99 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 (USPS). However, voters should affix standard 58-cent postage when returning their ballot via the USPS. The Clerk's Office recommends that voters do not return their voted ballot by mail after Oct. 25. All voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder's Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.

Any voter needing a replacement ballot or other in-person services may visit the Clerk and Recorder's Office at the Citizens Service Center at 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road. Five additional Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) will open Oct. 25, with a total of 11 VSPCs opening in phases by Election Day. A full list of locations along with hours of operation can be viewed here.

For more information about the election, tracking the status of your mail ballot, or viewing the El Paso County sample Coordinated Election ballot, voters should visit or call (719) 575-VOTE (8683).


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