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Mail ballot returns lag, deadline Tues., Nov. 1

Ballots are not coming in as expected.

Out of approximately 6,075 ballots mailed, only 1,977 had come back by Wednesday morning. This is only approximately 30 percent, and there is less than one week left before the Election Day deadline.

The clerk’s office has made an effort to contact local voters whose ballots came back undeliverable and has left messages when necessary. In cases where ballots came back with notices that the voter had left the state, those voters were not contacted.

You can either mail your ballot or drop it off at the two locations set up to receive ballots: the Archuleta County Clerk’s Office, located upstairs in the courthouse, and the Election Office, located downstairs in the courthouse. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations. On Election Day, the Election Office will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If a ballot is returned via mail, it must be received at the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. A postmark that shows the ballot was sent prior to Nov. 1 does not count should the ballot arrive after the deadline.

Your return envelope must be signed or it cannot be counted.

Please note again that your ballot must be received by the Archuleta County Clerk by 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2011 — Election Day.

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