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Routt County, Colorado
P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Ph: (970) 879-0108
Fx: (970) 879-3992

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Q. How do I get my ballot? 
Every active-eligible voter now receives a mail ballot. 

Q. When will my ballot be mailed?

 Ballots for the General Election will be mailed the week of October 17, 2016.

Q. What if I want to vote on a machine? 
If you want to vote at the polls, you can surrender your mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. 

Q. What if I do not receive my ballot in the mail?
If you have not received your ballot within a week of the ballots being mailed, contact the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-870-5558. They can verify that your voter registration record is current and active. If your record is current and active, they can mail you a replacement ballot. 

Q. What if I need assistance with voting?
Voters with special needs have the right to have an election judge or any other person they choose assist them with voting. 

Q. I will be out of town when the ballots are mailed. How will I get a ballot?
Contact the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-870-5558, or complete a Voter Registration Application to have the ballot mailed to your location. 

Q. What if I make a mistake, damage, or lose my ballot?
You need to contact the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-870-5558, or stop by a designated VSPC (voter service and polling center) to request a replacement ballot. 

Q. How long do I have to request a replacement ballot?
You can request a replacement ballot to be mailed to you up until the 8th day before the election. For the General Election that day is October 31, 2016. After this date you will need to apply in person to obtain a replacement ballot. This can be done up to and including Election Day, November 8, 2016.
NOTE: Your ballot has been cast as soon as you deposit it in the mail or at a drop site. After that, you cannot receive a replacement ballot.

Q. What if I have moved and have not updated my address on my voter registration?
You can submit a Voter Registration Application to the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office in person at 522 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs, or by mail to PO Box 773598 Steamboat Springs CO 80477. You can also go online, www.govotecolorado.com, to update your information and have a ballot mailed to you up until October 31, 2016. After this date, you will need to come in person to a designated VSPC (voter service and polling center) up to and including Election Day, November 8, 2016, and have a ballot issued to you. 

Q. Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
No, you have the option to return your ballot by mail, deliver to one of the drop off locations listed on our website, or drop it in the secure 24hr drop box located in the alley behind the historic courthouse. 

Q. How much postage is required if I return my ballot by mail?
You can return your ballot by mail for the price of adequate postage.  

Q. Can I return more than one ballot in the same envelope?
No. You may only return one ballot per signature envelope.

Q. When do I need to return my voted ballot?
Your ballot must be RECEIVED in the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office by 7:00 pm on Election night, November 8, 2016
POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT.

Q. If I do not vote on all candidates or measures will my ballot be counted?
Your ballot will be counted for the measures and candidates you did cast a vote for. 

Q. Will my vote be counted if I forgot to put my ballot in the secrecy sleeve?
Yes, your vote will still be counted. 

Q. What happens if I forgot to sign my return envelope?
You will be contacted by the Clerk & Recorder's Office in writing to obtain your signature before your ballot can be counted. 

Q. How will I know you have received my ballot? 
You can check your ballot status online at www.govotecolorado.com or contact the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office at 970-870-5558. 

Q. When will the election results be known?
Election results will only be announced after 7:00 pm on election night. 

Q. What is the difference between a Primary and a General Election?

Colorado holds regularly scheduled state elections every two years; a state Primary Election in June and a General Election in November.            
On the June Primary Election Day, voters affiliated with a major party may cast a ballot for candidates of that party. If there is a minor party contest for an office, those affiliated with that minor party may cast a ballot for those candidates. Unaffiliated voters may declare affiliation with one of the major or minor parties parties and cast that party's ballot.
The nominated candidates from each party's primary ballot will be placed on the November General Election ballot. The winner of the November General Election will hold office. 

Q. Does Colorado hold a presidential Primary Election? 
No. In 2003, Colorado passed a measure to eliminate the presidential primary. The estimated savings generated by cancellation of the presidential primary is $2.2 million. Instead, Colorado uses a caucus process. 

Q. What is caucus?
Caucuses are held by the political parties on the first Tuesday in March. In a presidential election year, a political party has the option to hold its precinct caucuses on the first Tuesday in February.
The persons receiving the highest number of votes at the precinct caucus are the delegates to the county assembly from the precinct. Contact your political party for additional information relating to caucus and party rules. 

Q. What political parties are recognized in Colorado?
A list of the current Colorado political parties is listed online.