Last Day of Early Voting Friday

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Mesa County election officials say nearly half of active registered voters have already voted. However, that doesn't mean polling places on Tuesday won't be seeing any lines.

"In reality its going to be sometime Wednesday before we are finished with all of the unofficial results," says Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich. What voters will know on Tuesday after polls close is the unofficial count of early voting and mail in ballots, but election day totals will take a bit longer.
Rich says, "Because the ballots are so much longer it takes us about three times as long because there are three pages."
Rich says of all active registered voters 47 percent have already voted, but Tuesday could still see some long lines. Rich says, "If we start getting a lot of long lines and people are getting very anxious we are going to have to adhere to that 15 minute rule."

Early voting ends tomorrow and if you plan on voting on Tuesday officials say expect some lines but one way to get in and out is to be prepared and do what some people are doing, bring a cheat sheet.

Pam Lowe brought a cheat sheet to early voting at the Mesa Mall on Thursday. "Its very handy and I used it through the entire thing. I wrote down everything," says Lowe.

Other things to keep in mind; elementary and middle schools in District 51 have the day off because of planning and in service days, a reason Jenny Mondragon decided to take advantage of early voting. "Having kids and having one in school made it really convenient since schools are closed on Election Day."

And if you have to work on election day, don't worry, businesses are required by law to give employees two paid hours off if they don't have three consecutive hours off during poling hours. Something local business owners say is important to do.

"Its important that they vote and if they need some time off on election day to do that its just one of the things you do as a business person," says Gregg Palmer of Brown's Shoe Fit Co.

election officials say in 2004, 92 percent of active registered voters turned out. They hope to break that record this year.


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