MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- As of Friday, more than half of Mesa County voters had turned in the ballots, making Mesa county the county with highest voter turnout in Colorado.
Three more in-person vote centers opened November 4. They're at the Goodwill store on 24 1/2 Road, the Fruita Community Center and Colorado Mesa University’s University Center.
Some CMU students are voting for the first time.
"If you don't vote you can't really complain about who gets elected," said Kevin Flanegin, a first time voter.
"It was super great to have this resource to come here and vote so easily," Emily Altenburg said, a CMU student.
“It made me want to vote more, then if I had to mail it in and get a stamp. I just walk 20 feet down to the UC to right upstairs," said CMU student Brandon Di Rito.
"We have a number of diligent voters here in mesa county, we always hit high percentages in presidential election years,” said Shelia Reiner, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder. “We'll see the traffic pick up and we'll see an increase in in person voting, but i still expect 99 percent ballots to come back through the mail and the drop boxes.”
Compared to this time in the 2012presidential cycle, nearly 2,000 more ballots have been cast this year.
"It’s really important for everyone to participate in the political process. For me, it's not really a matter of who you are voting for but that everyone is participates,” another first time voter, Austin Solko said.
Just a reminder anyone who hasn't mailed their ballot should bring the envelope in or drop it off at a 24 hour ballot box by Tuesday.