In-person voting now open for Mesa County local elections

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The one and only in-person polling station opened its booths Monday at the Mesa County Elections Office.

All ballots need to be dropped off or mailed in by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 7.

Mesa County election officials said they've received more than 20,000 ballots so far and they are expected to get at least 50 percent voter turnout.

"I think it's a civic duty," said Mesa County voter Kevin Vermillion. "I think that it's important and I think that maybe a lot of people don't realize how important it is."

"I feel strongly about both the ballot issues,” said Mesa County voter Larry Feather.

"I think the local elections affect folks just as much as the national level elections,” said Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner.

Issues range from school improvements to public safety.

“I feel strongly about the issue with the law enforcement we need to give our police and our sheriff's department as much support as they need,” said Feather.

Ballots were mailed out to more than 94,000 registered voters in the county.

"We don't expect a large number of people to come in person, most people are going to utilize their mail ballots that have already been sent out and a lot of them have already been returned,” said Reiner.

She said mail-in ballots flooded into their office at first, but since then, they have since fizzled out.

At 7 p.m. on Election Day the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder will post their unofficial election results, show the ballots they have at this point.

You can either vote in person or turn in your ballot into the boxes around town.

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