Election Season Is Upon Us
by By Michelle Nauer, Ouray County Clerk and Recorder
Jan 20, 2010 | 920 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GUEST COMMENTARY

OURAY COUNTY – Well, here we go again! Elections are gearing up, and gearing up quickly! Some important dates and deadlines are right around the corner. So mark your calendars!

The Party Caucuses are scheduled for March 16, 2010. If you aren’t registered to vote and wish to participate to support your local candidate, you must register by February 16, 2010. Watch for more information on the Party Caucuses coming soon or contact the Parties directly. John Hollrah is the Democratic chair, 970/626-5568, and Dave Hamilton, 970/626-4249, is the Republican Chair or online at www.ourayrepublican.com,

Food for thought: How would you like to receive your ballot in 2010? There are two elections this year, the August 10 Primary and the November 2 General Election. Would you like to go to the polls on Election Day? Come to the Clerk’s office and vote early? Or have your ballot mailed to you automatically? Please feel free to drop by this office and pick up a form to apply for Permanent Mail-in ballot or give us a call at 970/325-4961. Forms are also available online at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

According to CRS 1-7.5-105(1.5)(b), effective 2009, legislation allows for the Primary to be held by mail-in ballot. As Clerk and Recorder, I will be seeking comments from voters on whether the August 10 Primary should be held by mail only. Voters may attend a public forum scheduled Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse in the Commissioners’ meeting room to give input regarding this matter. If you are unable to attend, written comments may be submitted to the Ouray County Clerk, P O Box C, Ouray, Colorado 81427 by March 3, or by email to mnauer@ouraycountyco.gov by March 3, 2010.

A mail-in ballot for the Primary means a ballot would be mailed to all active Republican and Democratic voters about three weeks before Primary Election Day. (Unaffiliated voters would need to request a ballot and declare a party affiliation if they wish to vote in the Primary.) Voters have until 7 p.m. on August 10 to return their Primary ballot by mail or in person to the Clerk’s office at the Courthouse. There is no voting at the polls, only at this office. Statistically, this type of election tends to bring a higher turnout. In the Primary of 2008, voters liked the convenience of voting by mail and 91 percent of those who voted asked to receive their ballots by mail.

In Ouray County, there are a number of local offices up for Election in 2010, Commissioner District 2, Clerk & Recorder, Assessor, Treasurer, Sheriff, Coroner and Surveyor. Additionally, other State offices up for election are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and more, including our Representative and Senator.

So, stay tuned! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at 970 325-4961.

As always, I value your comments and welcome any questions you may have.
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