What You Need to Know Before You Vote

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

On Tuesday, people across the country and in Mesa County will choose the next president but before you head to the polls, there are some things elections officials want you to know.

It's going to be a long day for elections officials as polls open from 7am to 6pm at 25 different locations.

Laura Steckbauer is a Mesa State Student and she's been waiting for this moment her whole life.

"I wanted the experience of going and getting the little I voted sticker and i'm excited!"

Steckbauer says she's poured over the amendments and knows how she's going to vote.

"I'm just hoping it won't take too long."

But she doesn't know what time the polls open and she's not alone. A lot of people still have questions about what ID to bring and where to go and if the elections office got their mail–in ballot.

Those phone calls have been pouring into the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Although officials are happy to answer questions, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich says most of the answers can be found on the elections website and if the calls keep coming in, it could slow things down on Election Day.

"I only have a limited staff and we could have 49,000 people calling and you really will be in line for a long time if my staff is doing nothing but answering phone calls," Rich told 11 News on Monday.

Another thing that could add to lines--the longest ballot in Colorado history.

"You might want to bring a cheat sheet," said Rich.

She says as of Monday more than 65% of likely voters in Mesa County have already turned in their ballots and if you vote at the right time you could cut down your wait.

"You might want to think about mid-morning or mid-afternoon, our busiest times are right when we open and after work."

Which will work perfectly for Mesa State students like Laura Steckbauer.

You can vote at any polling location. To find a polling location or to find out what ID you need to bring click on the link below.

A reminder that all DMV offices will be closed Tuesday because the employees will be helping with the election.

The polls will close right at 7pm but if you are in line by 7pm, you will be able to vote.

If you forget your ID Janice Rich says you can still cast a provisional ballot but it may or may not count because the election's office has 14 days to investigate whether or not you are a Mesa County resident. She says it's best to remember your ID.

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