Know Voter Eligibility: Stay Out of Trouble
DA Monitors Residency Requirements
Did you know by law that a “voter’s residency is the principal or primary home or place in which a person lives?” That’s right, it’s not your second home that you visit for 8 weeks in summer. And it’s not the place that you now run a VRBO out of while you live full-time somewhere else. If you do not consider Lake County to be your PRIMARY HOME and choose to cast a ballot in the 2019 Lake County Coordinated Election, consider the following information which was distributed to media outlets by District Attorney Bruce Brown’s office last month, indicating his office’s commitment to voter eligibility.
“Any ineligible voter who casts a ballot, or any person who casts the ballot of another person, could be subject to criminal penalties. The Clerk and Recorder forwards suspicious ballots to the Office of the District Attorney who conducts an investigation and has the authority to prosecute violators.”
It’s important to know that a person can only be a resident in one Colorado county at any one time. While there is no simple test to determine where a voter’s residency is, there are factors to guide that decision and the most important is that a voter’s residency is the principal or primary home or place in which a person lives. A “residence” is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, apartment, condominium, room in a house, or mobile home.
Interestingly enough the media advisory also stated that homeless voters can also register to vote. “A homeless voter may use any address within a specific county that he/she regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. This may include a homeless shelter, a homeless service provider, a park, a campground, a vacant lot, a business address, or any other physical location.”
But maybe the best news is that if you are eligible, Coloradans can still register to vote and vote in-person until and on Election Day. Coloradans can register to vote, verify their registration, check the status of their ballot and find a drop-off location at govotecolorado.com.
Yes, the process has been made as easy as possible, however, eligibility requirements and honesty in voter registration still rests in the hands of residents. But, be sure to do the right thing because 21st-century American lives are also easier than ever to connect the dots with when it comes to voter fraud.
Also demonstrating a commitment to transparency and reporting, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office continues to provide regular statistics for 2019 ballot counts, broken down by county since early voting began on October 21.
According to a report provided to Leadville Today by Serena Woods, the Media Contact with the Secretary of State’s office, 14% of the Lake County registered voters had returned their ballots by end of the day, October 31, 2019. In fact, of the 5,379 Lake County voters, 757 had already taken care of their civic duty with male voters out ballot-casting their female counterparts by one vote with a 379 to 378 divide respectively (as of Oct.31, 2019).
At this point in the election, officials recommend that you either drop off your ballot at the Lake County Courthouse or be sure to get out the polls at the courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 5. And remember to bring a picture ID if doing it “old-school” at the booths.
So what will voters be deciding on this year? Here are the specifics for the 2019 Lake County Coordinated Election.
Lake County School District Board of Education has three openings with just as many candidates: Congratulations all three will be appointed to their new positions!
- Danielle “Elle” Solomon
- Eudelia Contereras
- Rodman “Rod” J. Weston, Jr.
Colorado Mountain College has four seats open on its Board with only two districts being contested, including District 6 which represents Lake County. Candidate Bob Hartzell is running against Christine Whittington; the winner will replace outgoing CMC Board Member Pat Chlouber.
The 2019 Ballot Measures are short and sweet with the two following items leading the way at the State Level:
- Proposition CC – Retain State Government Revenue
- Proposition DD – Legalization and Taxation of Sports Betting to Fund Water Projects and Obligations
A bit closer to home, Lake County residents will see the following measures per the request of their perspective taxing district:
- Lake County School District voters will decide on Issue 4A, more commonly known as the new West Park School vote.
- Ballot Measure 7A concerns CMC wanting voter approval to expand its CMC district to include Salida.
This Tuesday, Nov. 5 is the Lake County Coordinated Election. The polls will be open at the Lake County Courthouse from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Be sure to bring a picture ID or get your ballot dropped off to the courthouse by then.