Watch mailbox: Ballots sent out today, clerk says
Ballots for this year’s general election go into the mail today, so voters should expect to get them within a day or two, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said.
If they don’t show up in mailboxes by the following Monday, though, Reiner said voters shouldn’t wait to contact her office.
“If they don’t have them by Oct. 24, they either want to visit one of our voter service and polling centers, or come down to the main office or give us a call to find out why,” Reiner said. “Maybe they’ll find out that their address isn’t up to date.”
The clerk said she’s taken steps to help avoid any problems with those ballots, such as what occurred during the primary race when the wrong ballot styles were sent to some voters.
Ballots that are returned because of a faulty address or some other reason, which are called voids, will be forwarded to Reiner’s office instead of back to the ballot company that printed and mailed them.
When those come in, Reiner said her staff will open them to ensure they are the correct ballot style, double-check the addresses, and mail out a second ballot to voters’ proper address.
“We’re going to proactively open those up and verify that the right styles are in the right envelopes so we can get a little bit ahead of the curve should there be any mis-insertions,” she said.
Reiner said all five 24-hour drop-off boxes will be set up starting on Monday, and other locations will open through the week, adding more staff to those offices as the Nov. 8 election nears.
Here’s a list of all locations, and when they will be open:
24-hour drop boxes:
■ Department of Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road.
■ Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce St.
■ Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave.
■ Clifton Motor Vehicle, 3225 I-70 Business Loop
■ GVT West Transfer Facility, 612 24 1/2 Road
Ballot issuance with additional drop boxes:
■ Mesa County Central Services
■ Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St.
■ Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. 50
(Above locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 24 through Election Day, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.)
Other locations to be open the weekend before Election Day:
■ Colorado Mesa University, University Center Room 213
■ Fruita Civic Center
■ Goodwill Industries, 630 24 1/2 Road
(Those locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 5, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Additional Election Day locations:
■ De Beque Community School, 381 Minter Ave. (drop-off box and ballot replacement only)
■ Plateau Valley School, 56600 Colorado Highway 330 in Collbran