Election

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in Colorado this week. The Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder will begin mailing ballots out on Friday, Oct. 9 with the deadline for return of ballots on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3.

There is no need to request an absentee ballot in Colorado. If you are an active voter (meaning you’ve voted in a recent election or confirmed your address with election officials), you will get a ballot in the mail.

In Las Animas County there are two 24-hour drop-off locations. One located on the south side of the Las Animas County Courthouse on First St. in Trinidad. A second is located at Trinidad City Hall outside of the Utilities Office on Animas St.

The last day ballots will be mailed out is Monday, Oct. 26.

To check whether your registration is active, update your information or to see the status of your ballot, voters can visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml.

Voters can cast ballots by returning them via mail, via drop-off locations, or can vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center Location. In Las Animas County that location is the Las Animas County Courthouse Clerk and Recorders Office at 200 East First St. Room 206 in Trinidad.

The Las Animas County Voter Service and Polling Center Location will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Oct. 19 through Nov. 2. The office will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and On Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At the Voter Service and Polling Center voters can drop off ballots, do replacement ballots, use a direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine opposed to paper and can register to vote.  

In Las Animas County there are two referred measures on this years ballot.

The first, Referred Measure 1A asks voters “Without creating any new tax or increasing any current tax rate, may Las Animas County keep and spend revenues that exceed estimates included in the Election Notice mailed to voters for Referendum 1B, the 2017 voter-approved 1 percent countywide sales and use tax, whether or not such revenues have already been collected and spent and continue to collect the tax at the previously voter approved rate?”

The second, Referred Measure 2A, applies to the Town of Cokedale: “Shall Town of Cokedale levy a tax at a rate of 1 percent upon the sale of tangible personal property at retail and the furnishing of services in the town increasing revenues by approximately $3,000 in the first full fiscal year and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, through the imposition of sales tax in accordance with Cokedale Town Ordinance No. 83 and Colorado law, such tax to be imposed to pay the town’s operations, maintenance, and other expenses; and shall the revenues from such sales tax and any investment earnings thereon be collected and spent by the town without regard to any spending, revenue-raising, or other limitation contained within Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, such amounts to constitute voter approved revenue and spending changes.”

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