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City Clerk

250 N. 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-244-1509
Email: cityclerk@gjcity.org

Election Frequently Asked Questions


Municipal Elections Held in April of Odd Years (2019, 2021, etc.)

 

Who can vote in City elections?

To vote in a City election you must reside within the Grand Junction city limits for at least 22 days prior to the election and be registered to vote.

 

When will my ballot arrive?

Ballots are generally mailed twenty-five days before Election Day. If you don’t receive your ballot, please call Mesa County elections at (970) 244-1662.

 

Why didn’t I get a ballot?

Ballots are mailed to registered voters at an address within the Grand Junction City Limits. If you didn't get a ballot it could be because:

 

What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

If you make a mistake on your ballot, or for some other reason are unable to use the ballot mailed to you, please call the Mesa County elections office at (970) 244-1662. 

 

When is the deadline to turn in my ballot?

All ballots must be returned by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Postmarks do not count as a received date.  Ballots received after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

 

Where do I return my ballot?

Ballots can be returned via mail (with the proper amount for postage affixed) or to one of the drop boxes listed on the voter instructions. 

 

Can I only vote for a candidate from my district?

Even though the City is divided into districts, registered voters can vote for all candidates on the ballot.  The same ballot is sent to all registered voters.

 

What about “at-large” candidates?

All registered voters can vote for candidates in the at-large race as well.  Again, the same ballot is sent to all registered voters.

 

Who decides the order of candidates on the ballot?

Per the City’s Charter (Section 20), the names of candidates shall be arranged in alphabetical order of the surnames.

 

What is the political affiliation of each candidate?

State law provides that all municipal elections shall be nonpartisan. Candidates are not required to provide information about their party affiliation, nor does the City request the party affiliation of any candidate.

 

Where can I obtain information about the candidates and committees?

The City’s election webpage will have contact information for the candidates and committees.  Please contact the candidates and/or committees directly if you have specific questions.

 

How and when can I find the results of the election?

The unofficial results of the City election will be posted on the City's web site around 7:15 p.m. on Election Day.  The information will be updated once the ballots are tabulated.  A link from the City's home page, as well as links from the election page, will be available on Election Day. Results are also provided on Cable Channel 191. In addition, the local media usually provides extensive coverage on their websites.  The City encourages voters to return their ballots early, which will ensure quicker results after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

 

Why do I have to put my signature on the outside of the envelope when I return my ballot?

The purpose for the signature on the outside of the return envelope is to allow election officials to examine the return envelope and compare the information on the envelope to the voter registration records to determine whether the ballot was submitted by an eligible elector who has not previously voted in the election.

Voters who are not comfortable with mailing the return envelope with the signature on the outside may return their ballots to the ballot box locations listed on the Voter Instruction sheet.  It is also permissible to put the return envelope in another larger envelope addressed to the address on the return envelope. The larger envelope can include more than one ballot, as long as each ballot is sealed in the voter's return envelope and the voter has completed the return envelope with his or her signature. (Be sure to affix adequate postage to the larger envelope if it contains more than one ballot.)