Military, overseas, and uncured ballots still to be counted in Mesa County Election

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — 24 hours after most voters turned in ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day, voter turnout stands at 48.26% or 52,232 ballots cast.

In Mesa County, double that number, a little more than 108,000 people are registered to vote.

Where do things stand now?

Sheila Reiner, Designated Election Official, says, “unofficial results were posted at about 2:40 a.m. this morning. If you are a voter and you do not return your ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day, then your ballot would be rejected as being received late, so your vote would not count, unless you are a military or overseas and have mailed that ballot by that time, that is the only instance when postmarks can count.”

Postmarked ballots received after the November 2nd deadline will not count.

That leads to another question, how many military or overseas ballots are still out there?

Reiner also says, “there’s about 450 outstanding military ballots at this time.”

Uncured ballots also make up a stack of votes yet to be counted.

Reiner added, “we have 511 ballots that remained uncured and so those ballots are in a status that if the voter takes action and communicates with our office, we might be able to count those by November 10th.”

A final message for voters who find themselves in a spot where their ballot is uncured.

Reiner also says, “if they don’t come forward by November 10th and respond with an affidavit that says they did sign that ballot that is their signature and here’s my ID to prove who I am, then whatever is left after ten days will be referred to the District Attorney for investigation.”

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