Many couldn’t wait for Election Day 2008

While millions of voters across the country head to the polls today, large numbers of people in Colorado and here in Mesa County are staying home — not because they don’t care but because they have already voted.

More than half of the voters in Colorado and Mesa County have already cast their ballots, either by going to early voting centers over the past two weeks or using absentee ballots, elections officials say.

Casting one’s ballot before Election Day is not a bad idea, especially this year when there are 14 statewide ballot measures, a multitude of local ballot issues and a variety of hotly contested races for elective office, including president of the United States.

Because of the heavy use of mail-in ballots and early voting, some elections officials in Colorado say they don’t expect voter turnout today to be quite as heavy as Election Day 2004, when roughly 1 million people turned out at the polls.

Even so, turnout is likely to be significant. And, with the lengthy ballot, many people will be taking longer than normal to make their selections in the voting booth. If you are voting today, be patient and plan on setting aside some additional time to cast your ballot.

Also, if you obtained an absentee ballot but never got around to dropping it in the mail, it’s not too late to make sure your vote is counted. Drop your ballot in one of the ballot boxes made available by the Mesa County Clerk’s office until 7 p.m. tonight. Those boxes are located at:

•  The Mesa County Elections Division at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

•  Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St., Clifton.

•  Mesa County Fairgrounds, Building C, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

•  Fruita 8/9 School, 1835 J Road, Fruita.

•  Mesa Mall, Mesa County Clerk’s Division of Motor Vehicles office. However, because all of the county DMV offices will be closed for Election Day, ballots dropped off at Mesa Mall will have to be deposited through the steel gate in front of the DMV office into the ballot box.

Colorado’s votes will be critical in the presidential race and voting here will be closely monitored. However you choose to exercise your right to vote, make sure you do vote and have your choices counted.


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