Have you voted?
Voters make their ballots count early
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
The Fruita Civic Center kicked off early voting Monday, Oct. 22.
“It’s been great,” said Debby Locke, a third election veteran worker for the polls. “It’s been a little slow, so we would like to see more people.”
The Civic Center voting site is open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It takes less than five minutes (too vote),” Locke said.
In order to vote, citizens must have proper identification such as a valid Colorado driver’s license, a valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue, a valid U.S. passport, or a valid USA military identification card with a photograph of the voter. Other acceptable forms of identification include a valid employee identification card with a photograph of the voter issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any county municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado, or a valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the USA.
Voters with mail-in ballots can drop their ballots off at the Civic Center location, or at the Department of Motor Vehicles, also located in the Civic Center, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Due to an overwhelming number of citizens in need of mail in ballots, or mail in ballot replacements, government officials trained workers to issue mail in ballots.
“The post office can’t legally forward ballots (in the case of an address change), but people can come here to get it,” said mail in ballot replacement worker, Michele Snider.
If voters do not have any of the identification options listed above, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter, documentation from a public institution of a higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and legal residence address of the student voter, or a paycheck from a government institution or private company will also be accepted. A certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood, a valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid, or a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate/certified documentation of naturalization will be allowed. Lastly, a valid student identification card with a photograph of the voter issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, a valid veteran identification card issued by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs with a photograph of the voter, or a valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership will work for voter identification.
Eric Ericson, a 2012 Fruita Monument High School graduate and first time voter chose to vote early.
“It’s just a way to make sure your vote gets in. It’s convenient and easy,” Ericson said.
Staff is happy to help those with handicaps to vote.
“We have someone from each party help to keep it neutral,” Locke said. We make sure we have both parties present at everything we do here to keep it nonpartisan.”
The Fruita Civic Center is located at 325 E. Aspen Ave.