Voter registration deadline is Tuesday
Availability of online applications gives voters an extra seven hours
Come 5 p.m. Tuesday, potential voters will still have seven hours in which to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.
Tuesday is the deadline and in previous elections, that has meant registration applications had to be in the clerk’s hands by 5 p.m., the end of the business day.
The Web gives voters those extra hours, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said.
People can register to vote at GovoteColorado.com until midnight and when the staff arrives at work Wednesday morning, they will process the applications as normal, Reiner said.
The clerk’s office also will be open Monday, Reiner said.
Processing voter-registration forms requires that officials check names with the state’s driver’s license and ID-card databases.
Web-based registration “transactions” account for about one in five of the transactions processed by officials in Mesa County, Reiner said. Officials list transactions because the interactions could include new registrations, changes of party affiliation or other dealings with the system.
In September, elections officials processed 13,524 transactions, 3,170, or 23 percent, of them off the Web, Reiner said.
In the first week of October, officials processed 4,262 transactions, 944, or 22 percent, of them from GovoteColorado.com.
Among the transactions processed for the November election were 38 registrations submitted by Washington, D.C.-based Strategic Allied Consulting, which is under investigation for allegations of mishandling registrations in Colorado and Florida. Eleven county clerks in Colorado are investigating whether they submitted forms with fake addresses.
The applications submitted in Mesa County all checked out, Reiner said, noting that officials compared signatures with driver’s license records. The handwriting on the forms also was examined to make sure they didn’t appear to have been mass-produced, she said.
Allied Strategic Consulting was hired by the Colorado Republican Party to run voter-registration efforts and was fired when allegations of misconduct surfaced.
Though most of the 38 forms submitted by Allied Strategic Consulting were for Republicans, some were for Democrats and unaffiliated voters, Reiner said, noting that Republicans make up the largest number of voters in the county.
Officials with the Mesa County Public Library District have noted an uptick in people logging on to computers to check on their voter registration, spokesman Bob Kretschman said.