Voter registration hits record number

More people than ever have registered to vote in Mesa County, and a record number are asking to vote at home, according to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

As of Friday morning there were 90,603 registered voters in the county, said Sheila Reiner, director of the county’s elections division.

That number eclipses the previous record, set in 2006, of 89,393 registered voters. The elections division anticipates even more people will register before the cutoff date of Oct. 6.

Absentee ballots will be in the mail starting the week of Oct. 6.

With the record length of this year’s ballot, the elections division is recommending residents ask for an absentee ballot.

“Our office is encouraging voting by mail and voting early,” Reiner said. “It will take some pressure off polling locations on Election Day and might make it more manageable with the long ballot.”

Her office is doing more through the mail these days than any other previous election.

“We have more absentee ballot requests on file than ever before,” Reiner said.

As of Wednesday, the office had 28,361 requests for absentee ballots, which is 31 percent of all registered voters.

Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Oct. 31 at five locations throughout the Grand Valley.

For more voting options, log on to: www. recorder.mesacounty.us/elections.aspx, or call the elections division at 244-1662.


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