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Early Voting Starts

Oct 28, 2019
Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Election day is less than two weeks away, on Nov. 5, but Monday marks two important dates for voters in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Monday is the first day for early voting at Voter Polling and Service Centers, where people can go to vote in-person instead of submitting a ballot in a drop-off box. Voting at Voter Polling and Service Centers will last from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5.

Valley Round Up - Jan, 18. 2019

Jan 18, 2019

  This week, interim leadership is in place in Aspen, and we get real data about the city’s growth. A group of locals are hoping to keep families and their pets together in the Roaring Fork Valley’s tight and restrictive housing market.

Valley Round Up: Oct. 5 2018

Oct 5, 2018

This week...We look at the adventurous life of a valley local who died in a bike accident over the weekend and examine ongoing calls for leadership change at the Aspen School District. Also, your blue books are here. What are voters weighing as they mark their ballots this fall?

Valley Roundup - June 22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018

  This week: some hellos and goodbyes to journalists in the Valley, two discussions about  owning permanent space in downtown Aspen, and using city dollars to do it, a ballot measure about elections is expected for the fall, and an audio trip through Interstate 70.

1A vote delayed

May 31, 2018
Aspen Journalism

  City officials say there will not be a public vote regarding the location of Aspen Mountains’ Lift 1A this fall.

Karl Hanlon declares candidacy for Colorado District 3

Dec 1, 2017

Carbondale lawyer Karl Hanlon is running for congress, challenging incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton.

Elise Thatcher

Tuesday is Election Day. With no statewide measures, turnout is expected to be lower than the last few years.

Handful of ballot measures set for PitCo voters

Aug 7, 2017
Elise Thatcher

This Fall, ballots will include school board elections for the Aspen and Roaring Fork School Districts, as well as finance questions from the Carbondale Fire District and the Starwood metro district. Snowmass Village is asking voters to opt out of municipal broadband restrictions. Colorado Mountain College Aspen has candidate races and two issues to put to voters.


  As of July 31, more than 5,000 Coloradans are no longer registered to vote. They self-selected to unenroll prior to their information being sent to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission.

Release of voter data delayed amidst lawsuits

Jul 12, 2017

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said he will comply with a request from the Trump administration to hand over all state voter data.

Off to the races

Mar 26, 2017
Cale Mitchell / Courtesy Photo

  The unofficial kick-off to election season in Aspen is “lottery day,” when the order in which candidates names will appear on the ballot is determined.

Council nominations now open

Jan 31, 2017
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Prospective candidates for Aspen City Council and mayor can now throw their hat in the ring for this spring’s election.

An Open Letter to the Community

Nov 14, 2016

Dear Community Member,

Whatever your politics, the results of the 2016 election have shown us all how divided we are. Both as a nation, but also in our own community.

Courtesy of

The final votes that trickled in early Wednesday morning were not enough to sway the outcome in Basalt. Residents rejected two ballot measures that would have had the town purchase land to create a park on the Pan and Fork mobile home site, and developers are ready to step in.

Local 2016 election results are in

Nov 9, 2016

Check out the unofficial election results on a local, regional and national level.

Elizabeth Stewart Severy, Aspen Public Radio News

Unofficial results indicate that Basalt voters narrowly rejected ballot questions related to buying the former Pan and Fork mobile home parcel. Tuesday night results show that about 52 percent of voters said “no” to the town buying the land to build a park, and about 55 percent voted against park-related improvements.

Poschman wins PitCo Commissioner

Nov 9, 2016
Elizabeth Stewert Severy / Aspen Public Radio News

  In Pitkin County, Democrat Greg Poschman won more than sixty percent of the votes in the race for an open commissioner’s seat. He defeated independent candidate Scott Writer.

Republicans lead on ballot returns

Nov 7, 2016

On the eve of Election Day, Republicans in Colorado have turned in more ballots compared to Democrats and unaffiliated voters. This is a switch from earlier returns.

What to do about SB-152?

Nov 4, 2016

If voters in Garfield County, Aspen and Carbondale want out of Senate Bill 152, now is their chance; it’s on the ballot.

Voter turnout party gap is narrowing

Nov 4, 2016

The gap is narrowing between Republicans and Democrats who have turned in ballots so far in Colorado. 

Elise Thatcher

This weekend, Pitkin County residents can make voting part of their everyday errands, and join the thousands of valley residents that have already cast their ballots.

Five days out, party chairs hold their breath

Nov 2, 2016

 It’s the final week of a long election season, and one thing local party leaders agree on is this year’s races are too close to call.

Coloradans make bid for presidency

Oct 31, 2016
courtesy photo

Coloradans have 22 presidential contenders to choose from this election. Affiliations include the nutritionist or pacifist parties, and several shades of socialism and prohibition. One ticket includes a pair of Coloradans - Frank Atwood and Blake Huber.

Aspen Public Radio News

Coloradoans have nine statewide ballot initiatives to decide on by Election Day. This fall, Aspen Public Radio is exploring how these measures affect area residents. Today, we look at Amendment U.

Clerks recommend sending ballots Monday

Oct 30, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  After Monday, Coloradans wishing to register to vote, update their registration, or cast a ballot must do so in person. Because by law Colorado’s mail-ballots can not be sent out after today, anyone registering between now and Election Day, November 8th, can not participate in the mail in process. To register to vote in Colorado you must have twenty two days of residency.


APR’s state ballot series: Tobacco tax

Oct 27, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

 Amendment 72: Tobacco Tax. A “yes” vote would increase the cost of tobacco and use those funds for health programs; a “no” vote keeps cigarette taxes the same.

Carolyn Sackariason/Aspen Public Radio

There are three seats open on Snowmass Village Town Council in this fall’s election, including the mayor’s post. Five candidates debated issues facing the resort town on Aspen Public Radio on Wednesday.

Carbondale candidates debate the issues

Oct 25, 2016
Gavin Dahl / KDNK

The three candidates running for Carbondale mayor joined Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh to discuss their platforms. While they all said they speak for locals - their management approach sets them apart.

Basalt debates Pan and Fork

Oct 24, 2016

Ideological differences were clear last night in a debate over the future of Basalt’s Pan and Fork property.

SkiCo endorses worker measures this election season

Oct 23, 2016

The Aspen Skiing Company is staying out of most election decisions this year, but a few ballot measures have a direct impact on SkiCo and its employees.