Pueblo prepares for special election with precautions


PUEBLO, Colo. — The May 5 Special Election has been moved to an all mail-in election.

Like many things during this COVID-19 Pandemic, elections will look a little different.

“Libraries were closing and were not opening because social distancing, we had to rethink what a voter service and polling center looked like,” said Gilbert Ortiz, Pueblo County Clerk & Recorder.

Ortiz said that for a special election, voter turnout already is good — about 27 percent.

“This is a hot button issue a lot of peopel are taking this ballot question seriously and they want to have a say and they are turnign in thier ballots,” Ortiz said.

There is a ballot drop off open 24 hours a day, and a drive-thru polling center if you need a replacement ballot. The drive-thru and dropbox are located at 8th & Main (720 N. Main Street).

“We still take the safety and integrity of elections very seriously even during unceratin times,” said Rebecca Musso with the county elections office. “All of our staff is equipted with masks, all of our staff is equipment with gloves and PPE, so that we can stay safe while still ensuring you guys still get your secure chance to vote.”

All 24-hour drop boxes remain open.

For this election, a member of County Clerk & Recorders office said they will take their time reporting the results because the people who are unpacking and counting ballots need to take precautions amid COVID-19.

If you need to register to vote or check your status go to: govotecolorado.gov

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