Voters cast ballot as election looms

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Ballot after ballot has been filling drop boxes around Mesa County. Many are rushing to get their ballot in on time, before polls close Tuesday night.

"I'm just thrilled to vote," said Annemieke Ambrosier, a voter. She cast her ballot on Monday at the elections office after losing her original one.

"We had misplaced our ballots. I put them in a special place, so special I forgot where it was," said Ambrosier.

It was still important to her to vote, and she made sure it happened.

"I'm a naturalized citizen,” said Ambrosier. “My parents immigrated from the Netherlands when I was 10, and this is the best country, and dad says you can be anything you want to be in this country, except president.”

Just over 50 percent of voters had cast their ballot as of Thursday afternoon. The same time in 2014, another gubernatorial race, about 57 percent of voters had cast their ballots. It’s unclear what is causing the slight percentage drop, when nation-wide, it’s being reported as the most active midterms in years.

“There's just so much to look at and stuff, that people are waiting to return them for these last few days or it could be that we'll have a lower turn out. I’m not sure yet,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder.

Ballots can still be cast until 7 p.m. on election night. Voters can register the same day, as long as they are a Colorado resident and have a valid ID.

The elections office said they will close-up shop for the night if they are unable to count all the ballots by midnight on election night. They would start up again on Wednesday.

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