Early voting started Monday but didn't exactly get off without a hitch. Some voters are concerned their mail-in ballots didn't show up with a secrecy sleeve.
Mesa County clerk and recorder Sheila Reiner is assuring voters that whether or not that sleeve arrived their vote will count.
"I think most people got there secrecy sleeve, but that doesn't invalidate anyone's votes, the secrecy is just there to give people comfort that no one's going to see there vote when there pulling there ballot out of the envelope,” said Sheila.
But it wasn't just those mail-in ballots causing voter anxiety. An incident with an electronic voting machine caused the election office to recalibrate the device and pull it out of service just to be safe.
One woman we talked to says she'd rather not leave her vote to technology.
"Right now I think rather than going to an electronic machine or anything, I do a paper ballot and i drop it in the box. and since yesterday i met a lovely group of people who were planning on doing that as well, I think people just feel a little safer with that," said local Linda Reeves.
As the gap between the polls grows smaller and smaller in this tight election, locals more than ever want to feel confident that there votes counts, and their say is heard.
Election office members say if you have any concerns with your voting experience, you should contact an election official immediately.
Sheila Reiner added, "after the election is over we're going to do a full post audit of the equipment that the secretary of state is going to order us to do, and that's a random selection of pieces of equipment and ballots that we will hand tally and make sure it matches the returns that we got on Election Day.”
Officials reiterate that despite a couple of hiccups in early voting... everyone's vote will be counted. They urge you to contact them with any concerns.
You can contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the elections office at 970-244-1662