Ballots must be returned by Tuesday evening


By Randi Pierce

Staff Writer

Voters have until next Tuesday evening, Nov. 2, to return ballots for this fall’s election.

On Tuesday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reported that 1,383 ballots had been returned in Archuleta County as of 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Mail ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2, to be counted. Postmarks do not count.

Voted ballots can be returned via mail, to the Archuleta County Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) (located downstairs in the rear of the courthouse at 449 San Juan St.) or to one of the county’s secure ballot drop boxes.

VSPC hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 30, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2.

The county also has two ballot drop boxes with video surveillance that are open 24/7 through 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. 

Those are located at the Archuleta County Courthouse, 449 San Juan St. in Pagosa Springs, and the TARA Community Center, 333 Milton Lane in Arboles.

What’s on the ballot?

What appears on the ballot depends upon a registered voter’s address.

Those who fall within the Ignacio School District 11JT will vote on a pair of school board directors.

Jay Dee Brunson is running unopposed for a two-year term, and three candidates — Leila C. Baker, Lee Petty and James (Jim) Bulwan — are competing for a four-year term.

Those who reside within Bayfield School District 10 Jt-R will vote for two directors for four-year terms, with those two directors set to be picked from a field of four candidates: Rebecca Parnell, Kira Charlotte Wennerstrom, Jill M. Shocklee and Matt Turner.

Voters within Colorado’s Timber Ridge Metropolitan District will vote on Ballot Issue 6A, which is for a road maintenance mill levy.

Voters are also being asked to weigh in on a trio of statewide ballot items.

Amendment 78 asks if there should be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution and Colorado Revised Statutes regarding, in part, whether or not custodial money should be subject to appropriation by the general assembly.

Proposition 119 asks if state taxes should be increased and state statute should be changed for the creation of a program to provide out-of-school learning opportunities for Colorado children 5-17 years of age.

Proposition 120 asks if state statute should be changed to reduce property tax revenue by reducing property tax assessment rates.

Registering to vote

Those wishing to register to vote can do so up to and including Election Day.

To register to vote, check your registration or for election information, please visit

You can also register to vote at the VSPC.