Last Minute Ballot Information
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It’s the final day to turn in your ballots for the Mesa County Coordinated Election 2013.
The election is here and the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s office says they have sent out more ballots this year.
"It's been fairly slow we have more ballots in number than in previous coordinated elections but we also sent out more ballots,” said Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner.
There are more than 80,000 ballots mailed and more than 30,000 ballots accepted; the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder also says the turnout out this year is about average.
"We expect to have 30,000 (ballots) which will take us to about 36- percent turn-out," said Reiner.
But, officials are hoping for more because of the issues on this year's ballot.
"While a lot of voters wait for only the presidential or the gubernatorial to get involved, it's kind of surprising how low the turn-out is when it's something local that is actually closer to home," said Reiner.
This year's coordinated election discussed two major state issues; Proposition AA which proposes a 15 % tax on retail marijuana sales and Amendment 66 which proposes a tax increases, for an overhaul of the state's school funding system.
The ballot also includes School District 51 candidates and multiple issues from the Mesa Water and Sanitation District.
Many voters did some research before they made their votes.
"I was a little torn on the school board members. I sought out school teachers and asked their opinion before I made my decision," said Christina Bybee, voter.
Some residents feel that more of the community should get involved in the election.
"Most people think that things are not going to change, and the only way it is going to change is if there's more participation in the voting process,” said Dave Reust, voter.
Ballot drop-boxes around the valley will be open until 7 p.m. At the following locations:
Department of human services off 29 1/2 Road, Mesa County Central Services off of Spruce Street and the Fruita Civic Center off of Aspen Avenue.
Other outlets in Grand Junction are the Mesa County Courthouse off Rood Avenue, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the Clifton Motor Vehicle off of I-70 Business Loop, open from 8:30 until 5:00 p.m.
Officials also say to make sure your ballot has a valid signature before turning it in.
Voters can still vote in person at the following locations: The Fruita Civic Center, the Clifton Motor Vehicle Office and the elections office at 200 South Spruce.