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No traditional polling places - voting format different for this election

The Westside Community Center's Hughes Hall was a polling place for the 2012 election day, but traditional polls are not being used for this year's election because of state legislation.
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       The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has mailed “approximately 333,866 ballots” to registered voters for the 2014 General Election, a press release states.
       Voted ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day, November 4, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted, the release points out.
       This is the first general election under a new law adopted by the Colorado Legislature in 2013 that eliminates traditional polling locations. Voters can return their ballots in the mail or at drop boxes, or they can vote (or even register through election day) at some locations, including these on the Westside:
       - County Clerk's Office, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road (drop box 24/7 and registration/voting during business hours now through election day).
       - Boy Scouts of America building, 985 W. Fillmore St. (registration/voting during business hours Nov. 3 through election day).
       - Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road (registration/voting during business hours Nov. 3 through election day).
       Also, nearby is Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. (drop box 24/7 and registration/voting during business hours now through election day).
       The ballot consists of races for federal, state and county offices along with various state and local questions and issues.
       Two state races have districts that include parts of the Westside. These are Senate District 11 (Republican incumbent Bernie Herpin vs. Democrat Michael Merrifield) and House District 18 (Democrat incumbent Pete Lee vs. Republican Michael Schlierf).
       Also potentially affecting the Westside are County Ballot Issue 1A (to let County Parks use excess tax money this year on projects instead of refunding it to property owners) and County Ballot Question 1B (to establish a new drainage-control fee on property owners, an overseeing authority and a project list).
       Westside Pioneer articles on the candidates and ballot issues can be found at the following links:
       - SD-11 - Herpin Q/A.
       - SD-11 - Merrifield Q/A.
       - HD-18 - Lee Q/A.
       - HD-18 - Schlierf Q/A.
       - Ballot Issue 1A.
       - Ballot Question 1B.
       For more voting information, call the County Clerk's Office 575-8683 or e-mail elections@elpasoco.com.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 10/29/14; Politics: City/County)

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