Answers to the most commonly asked voter eligibilty questions
The noon hour was busy at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Office as many voters used their lunch break to confirm their voting eligibility.
“I’m not sure if I’m registered,” one voter said as he entered the office.
“I think I’m registered but I haven’t received a ballot yet,” the next person said.
Many of these common questions could have been answered online, or via phone or fax, saving a trip for many to the busier than normal elections office today, the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election, said Amanda Hilgenfeld, operations manager.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:
When do I need to update my voter registration?
When you’ve had a change of address or if you’d like to receive your ballot by mail. Also, those who did not vote in the 2010 election are not registered to vote this year.
Will a name change effect my ability to vote?
Do I need to be registered as a member of a particular party to vote?
Why haven’t I received my ballot yet?
Mail-in ballots will be sent out Monday.
Not sure if you’re registered? This year, many voter registration questions can be answered quickly and easily online at http://www.govotecolorado.com.
“It’s (the site) definitely had a through-the-roof increase this year,” Hilgenfeld said of the site.
Today alone, more than 100 Mesa County voters have used the site to update their eligibility status, she said.
The site has released the pressure on office staff this year by decreasing paperwork and the amount of wait-time for those who prefer to make a personal appearance in the office, she said.
On Tuesday, there was not a line at the election office, due to the fact that so many utilized the online services of the site, Hilgenfeld said. By noon, an estimated 250 people had visited the office.
“We wanted to reach 75 percent of mail-in voters in the county,” she said, “We’ve exceeded that to almost 78 percent.”
Since Oct. 1, more than 2,000 voters had used the site, Hilgenfeld said.