The November elections may seem a long way off, but voting begins in less than a month. Ballots are being sent to voters on Tuesday, October 14.
“It is an all mail-in ballot election,” said Custer County Clerk and Recorder Debbie Livengood.
Ballots must be either mailed back or walked into the county courthouse by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.
“If people don’t want to vote by ballot or mail the ballot in,” Livengood said, “they may bring the ballot to the courthouse and instead use the electronic voting system, or DREs.”
The DREs will be available for voters between October 20 and November 4.
“I don’t think that any candidates should be worried that voters won’t come out and vote in November,” Livengood said. “There are a lot of state offices for election that are contested.”
Up for election on the ballot, which will be mailed out within the next four weeks, include the race for United States Senator. On the ballot will be incumbent Mark Udall (Democratic), Gaylon Kent (Libertarian), Bill Hammons (Unity), Cory Gardner (Republican), Raul Acosta (Unaffiliated), and Steven Shogan (Unaffiliated).
Also up for election is the Representative to the 114th United States Congress- District 3. Names appearing on the ballot will include incumbent Scott Tipton (Republican), Travis Mero (Libertarian), Abel Tapia (Democratic), and Tisha Casida (Unaffiliated).
The candidates for Governor/Lieutenant Governor are Bob Beauprez/Jill Repella (Republican), incumbents John Hickenlooper/Joe Garcia (Democratic), Harry Hempy/Scott Olson (Green), Matthew Hess/Brandon Young (Libertarian), Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts (Unaffiliated), and Paul Noel Fiorino/Charles George Whitley (Unaffiliated).
The candidates for Secretary of State are Joe Neguse (Democratic), Wayne Williams (Republican), Amanda Campbell (American Constitution), and Dave Schambach (Libertarian).
The candidates for State Treasurer are Walker Stapelton (Republican), Betsy Markey (Democratic) and David Jurist (Libertarian).
The candidates for Attorney General are Don Quick (Democratic), Cynthia Coffman (Republican) and David Williams (Libertarian).
Other offices up for election are State Board of Education – Congressional District 3, State Representative – District 60, the Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appals, District Judge – 11th Judicial District, and many local offices.
The local offices up for election are Custer County Judge, County Commissioner – District 1, County Clerk and Recorder, Assessor, Surveyor and Coroner.
The only local contested position is Custer County Sheriff. The candidates are Shannon Byerly and Larry Sanders.
Other items on the November ballot include two constitutional amendments, two statutory propositions and then ballot issue 4A.
The ballot issue is asking locals to increase sales tax to pay for EMS. The official ballot issue reads:
“Shall Custer County taxes be increased up to $280,000 annually ‘for the tax collection year 2014’ and by such additional amounts raised annually thereafter by an ad valorem property tax mill levy imposed at a rate of up to three ‘3’ mills or such lesser rate as the West Custer County Hospital District Board of Directors shall determine, and dedicated soley to pay the costs of Emergency Medical Ambulance Services, and shall not be used to satisfy any other obligations of the district, the revenue from such taxes and the earnings thereon constitute a voter-approved property tax revenue change within the meaning of artice X, section 20 of the Colorado Constitution and an exception in the current year and each subsequent year to the limitations set forth in section 29-1-301 of the Colorado revised statues, as amended.”
Livengood told the Tribune that every year she often sees write-in candidates, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Santa Claus.
“Sometimes people will write in names of candidates that haven’t made it to the November primary election,” Livengood said. “They want to make a statement that they do not like their voting choices, so they choose none of them.”
Livengood also stated that if any ballots are damaged or mistakes are made, then voters may bring them in for replacements.
The last day that people may register to vote is on Tuesday, November 4. Requirements for registration are that the individual has lived in Colorado for 22 days prior to Election Day.
In Custer County, there are 3,487 voters, of which there are 23 Libertarians, seven Greens, 2,157 Republicans, 510 Democrats, five American Constitutionalists, and 785 Unaffiliated.
For any other questions about the election, call Livengood at 783-2441.
– J.E. Ward