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Two days left in this fall's mail-in election

  As the deadline approaches in this fall’s all-mail-in election, county clerks are bracing themselves to get inundated with last-minute ballot drop offs.

Between 20 and 25 percent of registered voters in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties have turned in their ballots. Turnout is on par with 2013, which also was an off-year in terms of statewide elections.

Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill says as of late last week, just under 3,000 ballots had been returned, and 45 people had physically voted at the Jewish Community Center. There are 12,000 registered voters in Pitkin County.

Jean Alberico, Garfield County clerk, reports just under 6,000 ballots have been returned. She expects around that same amount to come in on election day. 29,000 were sent out.

Eagle County clerk Teak Simonton says returns are light compared to other years. She predicts her office will get slammed Tuesday. So far, just under 5,000 have been returned out of 26,000 sent out.

“We will get a big load on Monday and then we’ve been working closely with all of the local post offices to make sure that everything that is deposited Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday is not sent to Grand Junction but is held in those post offices and we will run around and pick up the ballots ourselves,” she says.

Tuesday is the final day of the election. Voting centers in all three counties will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to your respective county website to find out where to drop off ballots, register to vote, change your address or get a replacement ballot.