Expect mail-in ballots this week
Colorado voters will be getting their mail-in ballots this week, but don’t be alarmed if your name is out of order.
That’s only on the ballot envelope, and won’t impact who or what the nearly 85,000 voters in the county vote for on Nov. 5, says Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner.
Reiner said the printing company that did the envelopes inadvertently switched the order of people’s names, putting their first names last.
That resulted in their middle names coming first, and last names coming in the middle.
“It’s correct in our database and it doesn’t affect how the ballots are checked,” Reiner said. “It doesn’t even affect the post office because they read that intelligent barcode that’s on there.”
This year’s ballot includes candidates for three area school boards, two statewide ballot measures and two questions from the Mesa Water & Sanitation District.
The first sanitation district question is a Taxpayers Bill of Rights matter, which asks voters if it can forever be exempt from TABOR’s revenue limits.
The other question asks if its board of directors can be exempt from the state’s term limits.
People who own property within the sanitation district but don’t live there are allowed to vote, too. They can request a property owner ballot by calling Reiner’s office at 244-1662.
The two statewide measures include a proposed income tax increase to raise money for public schools. It would increase the state’s 4.63 percent income tax rate to 5 percent for income earned up to $75,000 a year, and 5.9 percent for any income earned beyond that.
The second question would impose a 10 percent sales and 15 percent excise tax on the retail sale of marijuana.
The school board races include three districts in Plateau Valley School District 50.
The candidates there are Justin Clark and Dawn Currier in District B, Clinton H. Dennison in District D, and Jo Dorman and Judith Ann Skrbina in District E.
Candidates in the school board election for Mesa County School District 51 are Patrick Kanda, John Williams and Lonnie White in District C; Michael Z. Lowenstein and Tom Parrish in District D; and John Sluder and Greg Mikolai in District E.
The final school board race is the seat on the Delta County Board of Education that represents part of Mesa County.
Delta County School Board candidates are Ronald Germann and Gary Coats in District 1; Tammy M. Smith and Mike Mason in District 4; and Jan Tuin in District 5.