Aspen Public Radio's 2023 Election Guide
Editor’s note: Aspen Public Radio will continue to update this resource page up until the Nov. 7, 2023 election.
Pueden encontrar la versión en español aquí.
How To Vote
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and ballots were mailed to registered voters on Oct. 16. If you think your ballot was lost in the mail, you can still vote in person at designated polling centers until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
GoVoteColorado.gov is the state’s main landing page. You can register to vote for the first time, check your voter registration, and view your sample ballot. If you’ve moved, you can change your address to make sure you receive your ballot. And once you’ve voted, you can also track your mail-in ballot’s status there.
Oct. 30 is the last day you can register to vote through the mail or online. If you wish to register in-person at a polling center, there is no deadline. Same-day registration is available as long as you have lived in Colorado for 22 days prior to the election.
If you're mailing in a ballot, it should have been in the mail by Oct. 30 to ensure it arrives in time to be counted. If you haven't returned your ballot yet, you can still bring it to a local drop box by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
For Pitkin County voters, there are three drop-box locations: the Pitkin County Administration Building in Aspen; the Snowmass Village Town Hall; and the Basalt Town Hall. In-person early voting begins Oct. 30 in the Pitkin County Administration Building’s Roaring Fork Room; more information is posted on the Pitkin County’s website.
For Eagle County voters, there are two drop-box locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: the Basalt Town Hall and the Eagle County Clerk and the Recorder office in El Jebel. In-person early voting begins Oct. 30 at the Clerk and Recorder office in El Jebel. Other drop boxes and voting centers are located along the I-70 corridor between Gypsum and Vail. More information is posted on the Eagle County’s website.
For Garfield County voters, there are six drop-box locations: Carbondale Town Hall; Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs; Rifle County Administration Building D; New Castle Town Hall; Silt Town Hall; and Parachute Town Hall. In-person early voting begins Oct. 30 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center and the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. On Election Day, Nov. 7, there are two additional polling centers located at the Carbondale Town Hall and the Parachute Branch Library. More information is posted on Garfield County’s website.
What’s On The Ballot
Where you live determines what you’ll see on the ballot this fall.
All Colorado voters will see two statewide ballot measures: Proposition HH, which relates to state property taxes and revenue limits, and Proposition II, which relates to the tax revenue generated by tobacco and nicotine product sales. You can learn more about the measures, and what a “yes” or “no” vote means for each one, in the state’s ballot information “blue book.”
School Board Elections
In the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, most voters will also see a local school board election. If you’re not sure what district you live in, you can use this map to get a general sense; you may need to zoom in for a detailed look at your region.
In the Aspen School District, there are two at-large seats up for grabs, and four candidates running. Incumbent Katy Frisch is on the ballot alongside three challengers: Sally Goulet, Sarah Daniels and Cassie Harrelson. Each at-large seat comes with a four-year term on the board.
In the Roaring Fork School District, there are three seats up for election, each in a different “director district” that represents different communities. Voters are not limited to their director district and can vote in all three director races regardless of the neighborhood in which they live.
In Director District B, there are two candidates: Elizabeth “Betsy” After and Alan Kokish. In Director District C, there are also two candidates on the ballot: Phillip Bogart and Lindsay DeFrates. In Director District D, incumbent Jasmin Ramirez is running uncontested. Each seat comes with a four-year term on the board.
In the Garfield Re-2 School District, there are three seats up for election, each in a different “director district” that represents different communities. Voters are not limited to their director district and can vote in all three director races regardless of the neighborhood in which they live.
In Director District B, there are two candidates: Cassie Haskell and Kaylin Harju. In Director District C, there is just one candidate, Fathom Jensen, running uncontested. In Director District D, there are three candidates: Chance Jenkins, Daniel Adams and Nicholas Cocina. Each seat comes with a four-year term on the board.
The Garfield 16 School District has canceled its Board of Education election because there were only three candidates for the three open positions.
On the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, there are four open seats, each in a different trustee district. Voters are not limited to their district, however, and can vote in all four Board of Trustees races regardless of the community in which the voter lives.
In District 2, there are two candidates: Marianne Virgili and David Use. In three other districts, there is only one candidate running: Kerry Buhler is on the ballot in District 4, Bob Kuusinen in District 5 and Gloria Perez in District 6.
Rifle City Council Election
There are three city council seats up for election for four-year terms, though the mayor and mayor pro tempore will be appointed by the Council at an organizational meeting. According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, there are four candidates running for three seats, including incumbents Chris Bornholdt and Brian Condie and challengers Tanya Perea Doose and Karen Roberts.
Additional Ballot Measures
Depending on where you live, you may also see municipal ballot measures and special district questions. You can learn more by viewing a sample ballot for your county:
Pitkin County Sample Ballot (English)
Eagle County Sample Ballot (English)
Garfield County Sample Ballots (English and Spanish)
State Ballot Measures Blue Book
Note: Additional links and information will be added as available. The following information about upcoming public forums are listed in the order in which they are scheduled.
The Colorado River Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a "candidate Q&A" for Rifle City Council candidates on Oct. 3 at Rifle City Hall. The forum was recorded and is available to stream on the city of Rifle's Facebook page. It’s also posted on Rifle’s community access channel, available online at RifleTV.plus.
The Roaring Fork School District hosted a Board of Education candidate forum on Oct. 3 at the district offices in Carbondale. It has been recorded and archived on the district’s YouTube page. Additional information about the election is posted on the district’s website.
Candidates for the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education and the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees spoke at an “Issues and Answers” forum on Oct. 9 at the Glenwood Springs City Hall. Representatives both in favor of and against Proposition HH also attended. The forum was co-hosted by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce and KMTS Radio. The event was recorded and is available to view on the Post Independent's Facebook page and on the Glenwood Chamber website. You can learn more about the RFSD election on the district’s website, and more about the CMC election on the college’s website.
Candidates for the Garfield Re-2 Board of Education spoke at a forum on Oct. 9 at the Rifle Branch Library. It was sponsored by the West Garfield Education Association teachers’ union. The forum was recorded and is available to watch online on the school district's Facebook page and on Rifle Community TV. Additional information about the election is posted on the district’s website.
The Aspen School District hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 10 at the Aspen District Theatre. Journalists from Aspen Public Radio, The Aspen Times, The Aspen Daily News and Aspen High School's Skier Scribbler asked questions. You can watch a recorded video of the forum on the district’s Facebook page. Additional information about the election is posted on the district’s website.
Candidates running for the Roaring Fork School District board participated in a third debate on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library. The library and the Basalt Education Forum co-hosted the event. Colorado Mountain College’s director of strategic initiatives Yesenia Silvia Estrada moderated.
Additional News Coverage
Note: Links here are compiled from several local and regional news outlets. They are listed within each category from newest to oldest, in order of publication date. This list does not include letters to the editor or opinion coverage. If there’s an article we’ve missed that you’d like to see included here, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Rifle Municipal Election:
Aspen School District Board:
ASD Board of Education Candidate Forum | Aspen Public Radio (Oct. 11, 2023)
Meet Aspen’s school board candidates | Aspen Daily News (Sept. 11, 2023)
Roaring Fork School District Board:
Ramirez unopposed in RFSD Election | Aspen Daily News(Oct. 17, 2023)
School board candidate interviews: District D | The Sopris Sun (Sept. 20, 2023)
Garfield Re-2 School District Board:
Q&A with Garfield Re-2 candidates | Rifle Citizen Telegram (Nov. 2, 2023)
Garfield 16 School District Board:
Colorado Mountain College Board:
CMC District 2 only contested board race | Aspen Daily News (Oct. 7, 2023)
State Ballot Measures:
Proposition HH debate | KGNU (Nov. 2, 2023)
HH could prop up education funding | Aspen Daily News (Oct. 19, 2023)
Aspen Public Radio’s mission is to support, nourish, and enrich our community by providing informative, entertaining, and educational radio and digital programming in a reliable and professional manner.
We’re using that mission to guide our election coverage this fall, and in the future, too. We aim to focus on impact and context — showing how candidates and ballot measures will affect our community. And we want to make sure our stories are accessible and engaging, so voters can make informed decisions.
That’s why we created this election guide, with information on how to vote, details on local forums, and links to coverage from multiple sources, including our own stories. We’ve been updating it all season, and translated a version of the guide into Spanish.
As we start thinking about next year’s elections (they’ll be here before we know it!), we want to hear from you. Tell us what questions you have about the election, or send us a story idea any time, at email@example.com. We’ll consider it, and possibly use it as a basis for further reporting, as we continue to cover the civic process from Aspen to Parachute.
This guide was last updated on Nov. 7, 2023.