April 1 Municipal Election Update
The April 1 Municipal Election will be administered as a poll ballot election rather than a mail ballot election. The polling place at Town Hall will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on April 1. In order to vote early or to vote by mail, voters must request an Absentee Ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot application. Ballots cannot be automatically mailed for this election. The approximately 4,500 registered voters within town should have received an Absentee Ballot application by postcard in early February. The application is also available at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall Room 130 and at www.estes.org/elections. Completed and signed applications must be received by the Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. March 28 at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 1200 in Estes Park, CO 80517.
With the passage of HB-1164, the deadline to register for the election has changed. The bill decreased the voter residency requirement from 30 days to 22 days and allows voter registration to occur through the day of the election. Therefore the original voter registration deadline of March 3 has been lifted and citizens may continue to register; however, online registration at www.govotecolorado.com can only take place through the eighth day prior to the election, March 24. After that time, a citizen may register to vote in person or change their address at the Town Clerk’s office in Room 130 of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Please contact the Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 with any questions regarding registration.
The April 1 election will determine:
* Three seats on the Board of Trustees currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Eric Blackhurst (term-limited) and Trustees Mark Elrod and Wendy Koenig.
Biographies and official statements from the candidates are posted at www.estes.org/elections. The candidates are:
* Shall the Town enact an additional 1% sales tax for ten years to support citizen-requested community reinvestment projects including more road maintenance, a Community Wellness Recreation Center with integrated Senior Services, new multi-use trails and enhanced emergency management and communications.
* Shall Lot 4 of the Stanley Historic District be sold to Grand Heritage Hotel Group, LLC pursuant to the contract to buy and sell Real Estate for the Anschutz Wellness Center at the Stanley Hotel and accommodations.*
* Shall Lot 4 of the Stanley Historic District become permanent open space under a conservation easement.*
*If both of the opposing Lot 4 questions pass, the question with the most affirmative votes will prevail.
For individuals who are interested in learning more about the candidates for Town Trustee, the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate information forum on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue. The Town of Estes Park is sponsoring live streaming of the forum at www.estes.org/videos and on local cable channel 12. The candidate forum will also be posted for viewing later at www.estes.org/videos. The ballot issue forum held February 26 is also available on the website.
Additional important dates:
March 7: Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election.
March 12: Last day to file a Write-In Candidate Affidavit.
March 24: Last day to register to vote or update voter registration at www.govotecolorado.com
March 28: Last day to request an absentee mail ballot to be mailed.
April 1: Election Day – Town Hall polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. in order to be counted.
April 22: Swearing-in of newly elected Town Trustees and Mayor at the Town Board Meeting.
For more election information, please visit www.estes.org/elections, or contact the Town Clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 or email@example.com.