RBC I There is still time to cast your votes before the 7 p.m. deadline Tuesday for the federal, state and local election. Postmarks on mail will not count as all ballots must be in the hands of the Rio Blanco County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
County Clerk Nancy Amick said Tuesday that there are still many opportunities to cast votes in Rangely or Meeker by the 7 p.m. deadline, but she encouraged voters to cast their ballots early to make certain there are no last-minute problems and to help the clerk’s office get a jump on counting the ballots.
Amick said she believes the voter turnout will be quite heavy as it includes races for the U.S. Senate, the governor, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and members of the state House and Senate, unopposed county officials and two ballot initiatives in Meeker, where a broadband issue and a Meeker School Board mill levy override election are up for vote.
If voters are going to mail in their ballots to the clerk’s office, Amick urges people to do so immediately so her office receives them by Tuesday’s mail.
The opportunities in Meeker to turn in ballots to the clerk’s office are: today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Rangely, the times available to turn in ballots in person are: no times today or Friday; no times on Saturday or Sunday; on Monday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amick also urged all voters to make certain that the ballots are signed as directed.
“We are urging everyone to return their ballots early,” Amick said. “That will eliminate any last-day or last-minute risks that could arise.”
She reported Tuesday that as of 5 p.m. on Monday, 1,211 ballots had already been cast, and that number accounts for 32 percent of all eligible county voters.