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Have you checked your voter status?

The General Election on Nov. 1, 2011 is being held as a Coordinated Mail Ballot Election. We have been holding Mail Ballot Elections since 2005.

Any special district or school district may ask to be included on the coordinated mail ballot.

The law has changed regarding Mail Ballot Elections.

Only “Active” voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail. That does not mean “Inactive” voters may not vote. It means they need to reactivate their voting status first.

An Inactive voter is one who did not vote in the last General Election — November 2010.

Three attempts have been made to contact Inactive voters during the past year.

All Inactive voters received a card in the mail after the last election telling them they were becoming Inactive and a card with a stamp was included so the voter could return the card saying they wish to remain in Active status.

Those who failed to return the card were sent another card. Failure to return that card resulted in yet another card being sent to the Inactive voter.

The ballots for the upcoming election will be mailed out Oct. 11, 2011. If you do not receive a ballot in the mail, you are either Inactive or the Elections Office has the wrong mailing address for you. The easiest thing to do is call the office at 264-8331 and verify your status.

There are several options that allow you to update your status and receive a ballot:

• You have the option of going to the Elections Office, located downstairs in the Archuleta County Courthouse, to activate your status by filling out the proper form. Officials will then be able to hand you a ballot.

• You can go online to govotecolorado.com. This site takes you to the Secretary of State’s website where you can choose to update your voter registration. When completed, the record will be sent to the local Elections Office.

• You have the option to call the Elections Office and a form to reactivate your status can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you . Upon receiving that form, the local office can issue and mail you a ballot. This is more time consuming, but it is an option.

October 25, 2011, is the last day a voter can apply for a ballot to be mailed out to them.

October 28, 2011, is the last day a voter can walk into the Elections Office and apply for a ballot to carry out with them.

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