Deadline is near for ballots

Three dropoff locations will guarantee receipt before Election Day deadline

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/26/20

With the 2020 election less than a week away, Elbert County Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder warns against voters mailing their ballots at such a late date. There are 21,186 active voters …

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Deadline is near for ballots

Three dropoff locations will guarantee receipt before Election Day deadline

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With the 2020 election less than a week away, Elbert County Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder warns against voters mailing their ballots at such a late date. There are 21,186 active voters registered in Elbert County, and Schroeder said officials anticipate a high turnout.

“At this point, don’t mail in your ballot,” said Schroeder. “Any ballots received after 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 won’t be counted. The only exception is for those living overseas and military ballots that might come in after that. And remember to sign your ballot.”

Elbert County has three dropoff locations, where voters can drop their ballots any time between now and 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. While there have been some reports of voter intimidation across the nation at ballot boxes, Schroeder said there have been no reports of such activity within the county.

“I am not aware of any voter intimidation at drop boxes in the county,” said Schroeder. “If anyone does experience that, or there’s a problem with any of the boxes, please contact our office and we will work with local law enforcement to correct the situation.”

With the threat of COVID-19 to the elderly and immunocompromised, some residents are offering to deliver ballots for neighbors who are not comfortable going out, but statute only allows for 10 ballots per person to be dropped off.

The Samuel Elbert Building at 440 Comanche St. in Kiowa is currently open for early in-person voting, Monday through Friday, from 8-5, and Saturday from 8 to noon.

“Safety precautions are being used at all in-person voting locations,” said Schroeder. “That includes wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing. The machines are wiped down after every voter, and there is hand sanitizer on hand, as well as masks and gloves for people if they don’t have them.”

Three facilities will be open for in-person voting on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — The Samuel Elbert Building; Elizabeth Town Hall at 151 S. Banner St.; and Spring Valley Golf Club at 42350 CR 17/21. Any voter who is standing in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

“We have a great team of election judges from both parties,” said Schroeder. “Our one goal in mind is to count every ballot accurately and have accurate results at the end of the election. We’ve been very successful at that, and we encourage everybody to get out and vote.”

Dropoff locations:

● Singing Hills Elizabeth Fire Station, 41002 Firehouse St., southeast of Parker

● Elizabeth Town Hall, 151 S. Banner St., Elizabeth

● Samuel Elbert Building, 440 Comanche St., Kiowa

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