County voters to face longest-ever ballot

Voters casting ballots in the Nov. 4 election will have a lot of choosing to do.

The ballot is the longest in Mesa County’s history, Clerk Janice Rich said. Officials on Tuesday certified the ballot content.

Citizens will cast votes for president, one of the state’s seats in the U.S. Senate, the 3rd Congressional District, one of two state House seats, district attorney, two county commissioner seats and the fates of 13 judges.

Then, there are 18 statewide ballot questions, followed by local questions including one addressing whether the county commission should be increased to five members.

Grand Junction has two questions on the ballot, as does School District 51, and Fruita has one.

Other questions include measures offered by the Clifton Fire Protection District, Fruitvale Water and Sanitation District, Battlement Mesa Water and Sanitation, Panorama Public Improvement District and the Whitewater Urban Services Public Improvement District.

“If you’re going to vote on Election Day,” Rich said, “Bring your lunch.”

All voters won’t cast ballots on each question, so elections officials are considering how to arrange the ballot so each voter gets to vote in the appropriate elections, she said.

Also still to be designed are sample ballots, she said.

“This is going to take some thought,” she said.

Voters will be able to choose voting by mail, early voting and Election Day voting.

People who wish to vote by mail may request to do so using forms available at all Department of Motor Vehicle offices, the Elections Division in the old County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., or download the form at


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