Pueblo County Elections
2016 General Election Voter Service & Polling Center Public Comment
Pursuant to C.R.S. 1-5-102.9, the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's Office is seeking public comment on its proposed Voter Service and Polling Centers for the November 8, 2016 General Election.
Public comment on this plan will be accepted through June 10, 2016. Submit your comments in writing in one of three ways:
· Mail to the Clerk and Recorders Office, P.O. Box 480, Pueblo, CO 81002
The Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's Office is responsible for administering elections and providing voter registration services to approximately 110,000 registered voters.
The Clerk and Recorder's Office will conduct the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election in accordance with the mandates of Title 1 of Colorado Revised Statutes. Every active registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail, and Pueblo County will also operate Voting Service and Polling Centers where eligible citizens may deliver a voted ballot, register to vote in-person, update their voting record (name, address, party affiliation), request a replacement mail ballot packet or a flat paper ballot, or vote on an accessible electronic voting machine.
The 2016 General Election will be the first general election conducted by Pueblo County using the State of Colorado's new uniform voting system, which includes new voting tablets and ballot tabulation equipment provided by State-approved vendor Dominion Voting System. Pueblo County will have the experience of using this voting system for the June 28, 2016 Primary Election before it is deployed for the General Election.
Pueblo County's 2016 General Election plan will include:
· Mail-in ballots will be sent to all active registered voters on October 17, 2016.
· Mail ballots can be returned via the U.S. Postal Service with paid postage, or delivered to one of nine ballot drop-off locations around the county, including three boxes that will be open 24-hours per day.
· Mail ballots must be received by the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's Office by 7:00 p.m., Nov. 8, 2016 to be counted. Postmarks will not count as received.
Voter Service and Polling Centers
Colorado law requires that Pueblo County offer three Voter Service and Polling Centers during the early voting period from Oct. 24, 2016 through Nov. 7, 2016 (one per every 30,000 active electors) and six VSPC locations on Election Day, Nov. 8 (one per every 15,000 active electors.)
Pueblo County will meet the Early Voting and Election Day requirement as follows:
Three (3) sites will be used for Early voting, known as Phase 1 locations, which will be open weekdays and Saturdays, Oct. 24, 2016 through Nov. 8, 2016.
Three (3) additional sites (for a total of 6 locations) will be used for Phase 2, will be open over three days including Election Day, Nov. 5, 7 and 8, 2016. Although these locations are only required under statute to open on Election Day, the extended access will provide greater access for Pueblo County citizens.
The facilities to be used for VSPCs are primarily libraries and public buildings. Each VSPC will feature:
· Election judges and one Supervisor Judge who will assist with greeting citizens, checking in voters, registering voters, updating voter registration, issuing and replacing ballots, helping voters to cast a ballot on an electronic voting tablet, and overseeing secure ballot boxes.
· Laptops with real-time access and live connectivity to the State of Colorado's voter registration database, known as SCORE, to check-in voters and ensure that no citizen can vote twice.
· Tough-screen tablets with accessibility features for voters with a disability. The tablets are not networked, to ensure secure voting.
· Desktop printers to produce a paper copy of the voter's ballot for tabulation after they have marked their choices on the touch-screen tablets.
· Secure ballot boxes to accept voted ballots.
· Voting booths for privacy while a voter marks their paper or electronic ballot.
· A UPS backup unit to maintain limited operations in the event of a short-term power failure.
Pueblo County's Information Technology Department will appoint a liaison to oversee networking and communications infrastructure. In addition, Dominion Voting Systems will provide a technical consultant throughout the election to assist with any questions or technological issues with the new voting tablets at any VSPC site.
A list of the proposed Voter Service and Polling Centers is included below as part of this plan.
PHASE 1 LOCATIONS: OPEN OCT. 24 - NOV. 8
|Colorado State Fair Cultural Arts Building||1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004||Map|
|Pueblo County Elections Department||720 N. Main St., Ste. 200, Pueblo, CO 81003||Map|
|Pueblo West Library||298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007||Map|
PHASE 2 LOCATIONS: OPEN NOV. 5, 7 and 8
|Barkman Library||1300 Jerry Murphy Rd, Pueblo, CO 81001||Map|
|Colorado City Metropolitan Office||4497 Bent Brothers Blvd, Colorado City, CO 81019||Map|
|Tom L & Anna Marie Giodone Library||24566 US Hwy 50, Pueblo, CO 81006||Map|