Nov. 4 election nearing: voter information

The Nov. 4 General Election is just around the corner, with letters to the editor taking on more of a political tone, commercials galore on TV, signs adorning yards throughout the county and more.

As it has previously done, Archuleta County will conduct the Nov. 4 election as a mail ballot election.

Following is information on that election pertaining to Archuleta County.

Ballots for the Nov. 4 election will be mailed to registered voters the week of Oct. 14, with the deadline to register and have a ballot mailed to you being Oct. 28.

If a voter registers beyond that date, whether online or in person, he or she will have to pick up a ballot from the Archuleta County Voting Service and Polling Center in the Archuleta County Election’s Office, located downstairs in the back of the courthouse at 449 San Juan Street (U.S. 160).

The center will also deal with early, absentee and replacement ballots.

Voted ballots may be mailed back, dropped off in that office or in the Motor Vehicle Office upstairs in the courthouse. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. Postmarks will not count.

On Election Day, the Election’s Office will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting

Early voting will take place in the Election’s Office.

Office hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 14 and ending Nov. 4.

The center will also be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

Candidate forum

The League of Women Voters will host a commissioner candidate forum at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The forum will include the two candidates running for commissioner, District 3.

Contested races

The General Election ballot for Archuleta County includes the following contested races among the listed candidates.

U.S. Senator:

Mark Udall, Democratic

Cory Gardner, Republican

Gaylon Kent, Libertarian

Raul Acosta, unaffiliated

Bill Hammons, Unity

Steve Shogan, unaffiliated

Congressional representative, District 3:

Scott R. Tipton, Republican

Abel J. Tapia, Democratic

Travis Mero, Libertarian

Tisha T. Casida, unaffiliated

Governor/lieutenant governor:

Bob Beauprez/Jill Repella, Republican

John Hickenlooper/Joe Garcia, Democratic

Harry Hempy/Scott Olson, Green

Matthew Hess/Brandon Young, Libertarian

Mike Dunafon/Robin J. Roberts, unaffiliated.

Paul Noel Fiorino/Charles George Whitley, unaffiliated

Secretary of state:

Joe Neguse, Democratic

Wayne W. Williams, Republican

Amanda Campbell, American Constitution

Dave Schambach, Libertarian

State treasurer:

Walker Stapleton, Republican

Betsy Markey, Democratic

David Jurist, Libertarian

Attorney general:

Don Quick, Democratic

Cynthia Coffman, Republican

David K. Williams, Libertarian

State board of education, congressional District 3:

Henry C. Roman, Democratic

Marcia Neal, Republican

State representative, District 59:

Mike McLachlan, Democratic

J. Paul Brown, Republican

County commissioner, District 3:

Ray Lattin, Republican

Michael Whiting, unaffiliated

County surveyor:

Thomas F. Johnston, unaffiliated

Dean P. Schultz, unaffiliated

Ron Sutcliffe, unaffiliated

Ballot issues/questions

The ballot also includes votes for two constitutional amendments.

Depending on your physical address, you may not be voting on all referred ballot issues.

A “yes” vote on any question or issue is a vote in favor of changing the current law or existing circumstances, while a “no” vote is a vote against changing the current law or existing circumstances.

Amendment 67, commonly called the personhood amendment, asks if there should be an amendment to the Colorado constitution “protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings?”

Amendment 68 asks if state taxes should be increased $114.5 million annually in the first fiscal year, and by “such amounts that are raised thereafter, by imposing a new tax on authorized horse racetracks’ adjusted gross proceeds from limited gaming” with the purpose of the tax to increase statewide funding for K-12 education.

In connection with that, the question asks if the Colorado Constitution should be amended to permit limited gaming “in addition to pre-existing pari-mutuel wagering” at one qualified horse racetrack in each Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties. It would authorize host communities to impose impact fees on horse racetracks authorized to conduct limited gaming, “allowing all resulting revenue to be collected and spent notwithstanding any limitations provided by law; and allocating the resulting tax revenues to a fund to be distributed to school districts and the Charter School Institute for K-12 education?”

Statutory Proposition 104 asks if there should be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes “requiring any meeting of a board of education, or any meeting between any representative of a school district and any representatives of employees, at which a collective bargaining agreement is discussed to be open to the public?”

Statutory Proposition 105 asks if there should be a change to CRS concerning the labeling of genetically modified food and, in connection with, require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled, “Produced With Genetic Engineering”starting July 1, 2016, with the exemption of some foods and beverages, which are listed in the question.

The ballot also includes three nonbinding advisory questions for Archuleta County, which were placed on the ballot on behalf of both the county and the Town of Pagosa Springs.

Nonbinding ballot question 1A:

“Would you be in favor of the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County combining their park and recreation efforts and programs through the creation of a Parks and Recreation District?”

Nonbinding ballot question 2A:

“If a Parks and Recreation District is formed it has to be funded. Would you support a permanent sales tax not to exceed 1 cent as the sole source of funding?”

Nonbinding ballot question 3A:

“If a Parks and Recreation District is not created would you support a sales tax increase over a limited period of time dedicated solely to completing recreation projects such as the town to lakes trail?”