Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Boo! Denver procrastinators get a ballot break today

What are you waiting for?

In Denver, early voting ends today at 7 p.m. at the thirteen early-voting locations (find them at www.denvervotes.org). It's too late to request a mail-in ballot by mail or over the Internet -- but you can still pick one up until 7 p.m. today at the Denver Elections Division, 3888 East Mexico Avenue (which also happens to be an early-voting site). "It's customer convenience," explains DED spokesman Alton Dillard, who adds that he arrived at work this morning to find would-be voters already lined up outside the office.

More customer convenience: If you finally got that precious mail-in ballot and don't want to trust it to the mail, you can deliver it to the DED drive-through at 3888 East Mexico Avenue on Saturday. On Monday, all thirteen early-voting locations will be accepting mail-in ballots (although they will no longer be doing early voting). And on Tuesday, election day, you can drop off a mail-in ballot at any one of the 185 city polling places, as well as the DED office, until 7 p.m.

If you want to vote in person, remember: You must go to the correct polling place -- and it may not be where you voted back in 2004, since the official 185 polling places each comprise several precincts. The Denver Election Division has mailed postcards to voters with their assigned polling places, but you can also look it up at www.denvervotes.org.

And BTW, that site also has a delicious round-up of rumors -- including one that suggests you'll be arrested if you show up to vote in a candidate T-shirt. (False, but you will be asked to cover up before you can vote.) -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun