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To vote in a City election you must be a resident of the municipal district and have resided in this state for at least 22 days prior to the election and be registered to vote.
Ballots are generally mailed twenty-two days before Election Day. If you don’t receive your ballot, please call the City Clerks office at 970-244-1509.
Ballots are mailed to eligible voters at an address within the Grand Junction city limits. If you didn’t get a ballot it could be because:
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 City Clerks office at 970-244-1509.
All ballots must be returned by 7 pm on Election Day. Postmarks do not count as a received date. Ballots received after 7 pm on Election Day will not be counted.
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.
Even though the City is divided into districts, eligible voters can vote for all candidates on the ballot. The same ballot is sent to all eligible voters.
All eligible voters can vote for candidates in the at-large race as well. Again, the same ballot is sent to all eligible voters.
Per the City’s Charter (Section 20), the names of candidates shall be arranged in alphabetical order of the surnames.
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.
The City Election Information page will have contact information for the candidates and committees. Please contact the candidates and/or committees directly if you have specific questions.
The unofficial results of the City election will be posted on the City’s website around 7:15 pm on Election Day. The information will be updated once the ballots are tabulated. A link from the City’s homepage, 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 pm on Election Day.
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.)