Clerk’s Office Urges Voters to Return Ballots Early
Voters Should Use Drop-Boxes, Not Mail, After Today
With less than a week before Election Day, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is urging voters to return their ballots early – before Election Day, November 4.
The all-mail ballot election makes voting convenient for voters to make their choices and fill out their ballot in the comfort of their homes, any time of the day. Returning their ballot is just as easy – with ballot drop-off boxes – including 12 that are open 24/7 – and Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) located throughout the county. All VSPCs also have ballot drop-off boxes.
All ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 4. At this late date, voters should not mail back their ballot as it may not be received before the deadline of 7:00 p.m. on November 4. Ballots postmarked but not received by the Clerk’s Office before the deadline will not be counted.
However, returning a ballot NOW will greatly help the election process and the voter alike. When the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, the more ballots that have already been returned will expedite the tabulation of votes – and allow the Election Department to release the results to the public more quickly. Voting early also helps the voter – once their ballot is received, their name no longer appears on lists used by political campaigns to contact voters who have not yet voted.
“The ballot drop-off boxes and VSPCs are on average within 10 minutes of 96% of voters,” said Wayne Williams, Clerk and Recorder. “With the ease of voting their mail ballot at home, voters are encouraged to return their ballot early. Our Election staff worked hard to strategically place the facilities so voters don’t have far to travel.”
An interactive map showing ballot drop-offs and VSPCs is available at www.EPCVotes.com under the tab Return My Ballot. Voters can quickly do a search for the location nearest to their address. Voters who need to get a replacement ballot, update their registration, register to vote, or vote in person may do so at any of the VSPCs.