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Voter Group Offers Last-Minute Election Tips

Civic groups are encouraging Coloradans to vote all the way to the bottom of the ballot. (Pixabay)
Civic groups are encouraging Coloradans to vote all the way to the bottom of the ballot. (Pixabay)
October 26, 2016

DENVER – The presidential election is just under two weeks away, and many Colorado residents already have received ballots by mail.

Voters face a long list of choices this year – national, state and local candidates, ballot initiatives, amendments and judges – and Cath Perrone, vice president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado, cites "voter fatigue" as a real concern. She's encouraging people to get informed and vote all the way down the ballot.

"This election not only is for the highest office in the land," says Perrone. "There are a lot of local races that are going to be critical in the day-to-day lives of citizens throughout the state of Colorado."

She recommends a close look at the Blue Book, sent to every registered household, with comprehensive information about everything on the ballot. The League also is offering streamlined 'pro and con' takes on issues online at Vote411.org.

Perrone adds that in Colorado, people can register to vote and cast a ballot at polling locations until 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 8.

One question Perrone hears a lot is, 'Which judges should be retained?'

She says it's worth reading the one-page summaries – online at KnowYourJudge.com – offered by commissioners who visit courtrooms and collect feedback from jurors and workers to produce job reviews for each judge.

"They're looking at the overall performance of the judge on things like integrity, legal knowledge, their communication skills, their temperament," she explains.

And for voters concerned about a potential "rigged" election, Perrone says Colorado's county clerk procedures, along with official observers, leave little room for manipulation. If voters want extra assurance, she notes that counties offer a way to track ballots online.

"You put in your birthdate and the first digit of your address, and it'll bring up your ballot and tell you when it was mailed to you, and if they've received it back yet or not," she adds.

All registered voters should receive a mailed ballot even if they didn't vote in the last election. But Perrone says if you didn't receive one, you can go into a polling center and fill out another.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO