Drop what you're doing: Early voting begins Monday in Pitkin County
If you live in Pitkin County, your ballot for the Nov. 8 election went out in the mail last week.
And starting Monday, you can vote early and in person at the county administration building on Main Street in Aspen.
Voting at the county building can be done through Nov. 5. On Nov. 7 and 8, you can vote at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, on Main and Fourth Street.
And on Election Day, you can also cast your vote in person at Snowmass Village Town Hall and Basalt Town Hall.
If you do, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Ingrid Grueter said you should leave the campaign materials at home — even if you’re just a supporter.
“There's no electioneering in any of the voting centers, (including) in our offices now, within 100 feet of any of those, and that includes, yes, pins, signs, hats, shirts that have a candidate or or an issue on there,” Grueter said.
Grueter says county officials are mindful of security regarding this election, and the crew follows all the secretary of state’s guidelines closely.
“It's definitely ramped up, and our judges are more concerned about security,” she said. “We are having security at all the locations, so, yeah, it's that climate.”
She said the county is expecting to receive at least 10,000 ballots — double the number in the primaries — and some races could be close enough to trigger a recount.
“We are actually anticipating that we may well have a statutory recount, which means races (that come) within a half of a percent,” she said. “We do have a standby set of judges for the following day in case we don't finish by midnight. We're hoping we do.”
You can register to vote up until Election Day.
And if you’re mailing in your ballot, don’t forget to postmark it by Oct. 31.
You can also drop it at a ballot drop box at the county administration building, or Snowmass or Basalt town hall.
For more voting information, go to pitkinvotes.com.
This story has been updated to correct the dates of in-person early voting at the Pitkin County administration building. It's available there through Nov. 5. Then, in-person voting in Aspen moves to the Aspen Jewish Community Center Nov. 7 and 8.