GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — When it comes to voting, Coloradans have options. You can vote by mail, drop it off at a 24-hour ballot drop box, or go to a Voter Service and Polling Center, or VSPC.
“If you’ve lost your ballot, if you’ve displaced it, if your kid colored on it, that’s okay, you can go to any VSPC in your county, pick up a replacement, or vote in person, so we have lots of options here, which is awesome,” says Amanda Gonzalez, the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause.
The VSPCs in Mesa County will open up in phases for a total of 8 different locations to be open by election day.
“Every county in Colorado has a voter mailing and service center, you can go to any VSPC in your county, you don’t have to go to the one that’s closest to your house,” says Gonzalez.
Ballots need to be, not post marked, but received by 7 pm on November 3rd. So election officials say if you’re voting by mail, to get it sent in by October 26th.
Election officials also say Colorado’s voting system is safe and secure. But one of the biggest reasons for delays in counting ballots is signatures.
“We ask that everyone make sure you sign your ballot envelope… A lot of families sit around the table filling out ballots… And we want to make sure your ballot ends up in your envelope,” says Tina Peters, the Mesa County Clerk.
Officials recommend voting early, reading ballots carefully, and making sure ballot envelopes are signed, so your voice is heard in the democratic process.
“We’ve had a steady line of people coming through, dropping off their ballots at the dropbox here at the Mesa County Central Services building, so we’ve had a lot of participation already,” says Peters.
You can register to vote online: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml
For more info on voting: https://justvotecolorado.org