County prepares for Election Day

34,000 ballots already in amid forecast of high turnout

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As of Oct. 25, more than 34,000 ballots had already been returned in Douglas County for the 2013 election that will decide four school-board seats and help determine the outcome of two state ballot measures.

According to the county’s clerk and recorder, Jack Arrowsmith, that number accounts for just under 18 percent of the approximately 193,000 ballots that have been mailed out. That said, Arrowsmith predicts that this year’s turnout could easily be over 50 percent and very possibly closer to 60 percent. School board elections in 2009 and 2011 brought out 27.4 percent and 48 percent of registered voters, respectively.

“One can never tell what voter turnout is going to be,” Arrowsmith said. “But I would predict that we are going to have a much higher turnout than we did in 2011.”

For those who still need to register, mail registration closed Oct. 15 and online registration closed Oct. 28, but people can register in person at any of the five service centers throughout the county — regardless of where they live — right up until 7 p.m. Nov. 5 when polls close. Weekday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all five centers, as well as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Registration is open to all new Colorado residents who have lived in the state since Oct. 15. Inactive voters who did not receive a ballot must update their voter registration in order to participate.

According to Arrowsmith, residential addresses will be verified on site at time of registration, making accompanying ballots immediately valid.

Voters can expect to see early election results at www.douglasvotes.com by 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and they will be updated every 90 minutes throughout the night, he said.

For more information, please visit www.douglasvotes.com.

Voter service and polling center locations:

Castle Rock: Douglas County Elections Office, 125 Stephanie Place

Highlands Ranch: Sheriff Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive

Lone Tree: Park Meadows Center, 9350 Heritage Hills Circle

Parker: Town Hall, 20120 E. Main Street

Parker: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria Street