April 1 Municipal Election Will Be Poll Ballot
In preparation for the April 1 Municipal Election, the Town of Estes Park is notifying registered voters within Estes Park Town limits that due to restrictions in the current State of Colorado election law, the election will be by poll ballot rather than mail ballot. Although the Legislature is working to correct the issue, it will not be resolved in sufficient time for the Town’s Municipal 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 due to restrictions in the Municipal Election law. The approximately 4,500 registered voters within town limits will receive an Absentee Ballot application by postcard in early February, which is also available at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall Room 130 and at estes.org/elections. Completed and signed applications must be received by the Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. March 28; ballots must be cast by 7 p.m. April 1 to be counted.
Before March 3, voters should register or update voter registration at www.govotecolorado.com. New voters must live within Estes Park town limits for at least 30 days prior to the election. Outdated voter registration addresses will delay processing of absentee ballots and voting at the polls. Voters who have moved since the last election must update their addresses.
Although official ballot language will be certified by the Town Board on February 11, the April 1 election is expected to 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.
• 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 becoming a Town Trustee, the Town Clerk will hold a candidate information forum on Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue. This forum will include a review of the candidate packet information, including a review of candidate information, nomination instructions, the nomination petition, Fair Campaign Practices Act Instructions, expectations of time commitment and the role of a Board member.
Candidate packets may be acquired at the Town Clerk’s office, Room 130 of Town Hall on February 10. Every registered elector 18 years of age or older may be a candidate and hold office if they have resided inside Town limits for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding April 1, 2014. Nomination petitions may be circulated and signed beginning February 10; the petition must be signed by at least 10 registered electors who reside inside Town Limits. The filing deadline for nomination petitions is 5 p.m. February 28.
Additional important dates:
March 3: Last day to register to vote; visit www.govotecolorado.com. March 7: Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election.
March 12: Last day to file a Write-In Candidate Affidavit. March 14: TABOR comments filed with the Election Official. 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 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.