City of Aspen 2017 Municipal Election

ELECTION DAY IS MAY 2, 2017
MAIL BALLOTS WILL BE SENT BEGINNING ON APRIL 10, 2017

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote in Colorado in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver's license or ID): You can register to vote online using the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email: Fill out and sign the Colorado Voter Registration Form. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office.

How do I vote?

Ballots for the Aspen 2017 municipal election will be mailed to every registered voter beginning on April 10th. Make sure that your address is current on your registration (see below on how to check and/or update your address). To return your voted mail ballot, either drop it in the mail (postage is required) or drop it off at the City Clerk’s office at 130 S. Galena St., Aspen 81611. Alternately, you can vote in person in the Aspen City Clerk’s office beginning on April 17 and continuing through May 2. See below for more information on voting in person.

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

You can use the Secretary of State's website to check your registration. If you are registered and you need to update your address, you can do this at the same time.

What if I am not a registered voter?

You can register to vote at any time up to and including Election Day. However, you must register on or before April 28, 2017 to have a ballot mailed to you. After April 28, you can register, pick up a ballot (or vote in person) at the Aspen City Clerk’s office: 130 S. Galena Street, Aspen 81611.

When are mail ballots being sent?

Ballots will be put in the mail beginning on April 10, 2017.

How can I update my voter registration?

You have two options for updating your voter registration record:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID): You can easily update your voter registration record online using the Secretary of State's website.

2. Via Mail, Fax, or Email: Fill out and sign the Colorado Voter Registration Form. Make sure to complete Section 8, “Updating a Current Record”. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office.

What if I don’t receive my ballot in the mail?

You should contact the Aspen City Clerk’s office at 970-429-2687 and request a replacement ballot. After April 28, you will have to go to the Aspen City Clerk’s offices to pick up a replacement ballot.

When does my ballot have to be returned?

All ballots must be received by the City Clerk by 7:00 PM on Election Day, May 2, 2017. Postmarks DO NOT count.

How do I return my ballot?

You can return your ballot several different ways:

• Put it in the mail. Remember to include postage, and be sure to allow time for delivery. All ballots must be received by 7 PM on May 2nd. Postmarks do not count!

• Drop it off at the City Clerk’s office at 130 S. Galena St., Aspen 81611. The office will be open Mon-Fri from 8 AM to 5 PM, plus on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM – 2 PM, and on Election Day (May 2) from 7 AM – 7 PM.

Do I have the option to vote in person?

Yes. You can vote in person at the City Clerk’s office at 130 S. Galena Street, Aspen 81611. You can vote at this location beginning on Monday, April 17th through Monday, May 1st. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. In addition, in person voting will be available on Saturday, April 29th from 9 AM to 2 PM. In person voting also will be available on Election Day (May 2nd) from 7 AM to 7 PM.

What is the difference between the Pitkin County Clerk and the Aspen City Clerk in this election? Who is doing what?

The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder is responsible for voter registration. You should go to the COUNTY Clerk’s office to register to vote or to update your registration if you are doing it in person. The Aspen CITY Clerk is running this municipal election, and is responsible for mailing ballots, collecting ballots, processing ballots and counting ballots. If you did not receive a ballot (but do not need to update your registration) or if you need a replacement ballot for any reason, you should go to the CITY Clerk’s office.

Do I have to show my ID to vote?

If you are voting for the first time in Colorado and did not provide ID when you registered to vote, you will need to supply a copy of your ID with your mail ballot. If this is required, your mail ballot packet will be marked ID REQUIRED to show that you need to supply a copy of an ID. See this list for acceptable forms of ID.

I made an incorrect mark on my mail ballot, I lost my ballot, and/or my dog ate my ballot (yes, this happens). Can I get a new one?

Yes. You can pick up a replacement ballot at the Aspen City Clerk’s office at 130 S. Galena St., Aspen 81611 Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM – 2 PM, and on Election Day (May 2nd) from 7 AM to 7 PM.

I will be out of town during the election. Can I still vote?

Yes. If you are going to be out of town, you can request an Absentee Ballot by completing the Absentee Ballot request form and returning it to the City Clerk’s office before April 28, 2017. If you are going to be out of the country, you can request a Special Absentee Ballot by completing the Special Absentee Ballot request form and returning it to the City Clerk’s office by April 28, 2017.

Any request for any absentee ballot may be made in person, by phone, fax or email. In addition, you can add a mailing address, different from your registration address, to your record and have your ballot mailed to that address. If you have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, you can designate this alternate mailing address by visiting the Secretary of State's website. If you do not have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, fill out the Colorado Voter Registration Form and return it to your county clerk's office by mail, email, or fax before April 28.