The Vote in Leadville Today
Lake County Election Update:
Here are the official results from the Colorado Secretary of State regarding the Lake County Board of Commissioners. Congratulations to Sarah Mudge and Jeff Fiedler. Full Lake County Results Here:
More to come, but for now, here’s what we know.
What To Expect Election Night
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold recently discussed what Colorado voters can expect for Election Night results at the state and local level after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
While counties- like Lake County – have already begun to process ballots, the initial results from Election Day will not be reported until after polls close on November 3. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office expects to have approximately 70-80% of ballots counted on Election Night. (Update: Ballot Returns as of 4 p.m. November 2).
“In Colorado, county clerks process ballots prior to election day, which enables a high percentage of results to be reported on Election Night. But Election Night results are never final results,” said Secretary Griswold. “In the days after Election Day, military and overseas voters return their ballots, signature discrepancies can be fixed, and a risk-limiting audit is conducted to determine statistical confidence in the results. Like any election, there is quite a bit of activity after Election Day.”
In Colorado, results are not reported based on how ballots are cast. For example, ballots cast in-person are not reported separately or before ballots returned by mail or dropbox. However, as counties can start reviewing signatures once ballots are received and begin processing ballots for scanning 15 days before Election Day, early, in-person and mail ballots received before Election Day will likely be scanned prior to in-person and mail ballots received on Election Day.
In past elections, Colorado has been able to provide over 75% of results on Election Night. However, that percentage may be impacted by the unique circumstances surrounding this year’s election and high turnout. The biggest variable impacting when results will be reported is the number of Coloradans who vote (either early in-person or return their mail ballot via mail, dropbox or in-person) in advance of Election Day relative to those who return their ballot or vote in-person on Election Day.
The more ballots cast before Election Day, the faster ballots can be processed, and the higher percentage can be reported on Election Night. As of Thursday night, 2,279,059 ballots had been returned to county clerks, 79.8% of the total turnout in the 2016 General Election. According to the latest ballot return numbers for Lake County issued by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, of Lake County’s 4,738 registered voters only 2,346 have cast their vote as of Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.
Counties will have had 15 days prior to Election Day to scan ballots, though tabulated results are not made public until after 7 p.m. on Election Day. When polls officially close at 7 p.m., counties will begin uploading results to the state’s centralized Election Night Reporting system, and to the contingency election results site. Those results are then posted on various pages on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, including the home page and www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
State results will be certified as official on November 30, except in the case of recounts where specific races may not be finalized until mid-December. For the presidential contest, the Electoral College will meet on December 14.
November Breaktime for Leadville Today
Just a reminder to readers, Leadville Today will again be taking our annual November break from reporting regular news, resuming regular posts on Thursday, Dec. 6. The local election results will be posted immediately when they become available after the polls close on Tuesday. Readers can find state and national Election 2020 results on your favorite platforms, but the LT hiatus clock will begin on November 5, regardless of Election outcome.
This time away from regular posts and social media engagement will allow staff to focus solely on some back-end website upgrades. Yes, we know that some of you have not been getting your regular emails and we’ll be fixing that, as well as streamlining some other business operations. We have a new webcam and location, so hopefully, that should be up and running as we head into our tenth Anniversary (2011-2021). LT also got a new drone to play with, so be sure to stay tuned and check in throughout November.
It’s also vacation time. No matter what it may look like for 2020, it’s time to check out and step back. During this break, emails will be checked intermittently; we’ll reply as necessary. Thanks for your continued support!
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According to the latest ballot return numbers for Lake County issued by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, of Lake County’s 4,738 registered voters only 2,346 have cast their vote as of Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.
Since voted ballots must be received by county election officials by 7 p.m. on November 3, voters are encouraged to return their ballot by dropbox to ensure their ballot is received before the deadline. Voters may find two drop boxes at the Lake County Courthouse at 500 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville. One is at the Voting Center inside the courthouse lobby, available during regular voting hours/days. A second ballot drop box is available 24/7 via the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, via the 5th Street entrance, ring the buzzer. The ballot box is just inside the door under, in an area under the view of Lake County Dispatch Center.
Early Voting Continues Thru Monday!
Early ballot casting has been underway in Leadville since October 19 and continues through 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 in the Lake County Courthouse foyer, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Election Day Voting
The 2020 Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., in the Lake County Courthouse. Please note for those who prefer to vote in-person, Secretary of State Jena Griswold has issued election rules and guidance to help ensure voting in-person is as safe as possible, including PPE for poll workers and social distancing requirements. And don’t forget those picture IDs!
And finally, it’s not too late to register to vote. Did you know that eligible Coloradans can register and vote in-person through 7 p.m. on Election Day? To register to vote, check your registration, or for election information, please visit www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
Two Out of Three: Meet The Candidates
The Lake County Board of Commissioners has two of its three seats up for bid this November. Although most local races don’t come with too many surprise outcomes, every once in a while they do. Politics in America’s highest city can be tough. So what about Election 2020? With no local issues on the ballot for Leadville and Lake County, it’s time to get to know this year’s elected contenders.
Lake County is divided into three districts, Election 2020 will decide the future representation for Districts Two and Three. Of course, with all three voices weighing equal in a vote on the BOCC, these districts are formed so that county commissioners can meet periodically to discuss issues of common concern pertinent to residents living in that region.
However, looking ahead, these districts are forecast to become more relevant as Lake County experiences its next Boom Cycle. More complicated issues and responsiveness to constituents are likely to create more of a Zone Defense for Commissioners. Remember, in the end, this trio manages only about 25% of Lake County lands, the other 75% remains under the stewardship of one of three federal agencies (BOR, BLM, USFS). The next four years will require local leaders – no matter their zone – to be present at some of these nationally-driven conversations.