October 17, 2022 – The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has mailed approximately 453,000 ballots to all eligible, active registered voters for the 2022 General Election. The ballots should arrive in voters’ mailboxes by Friday, October 28.
“Elections are incredibly important as the mainstay of our democratic system,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “We know the citizens of El Paso County are anxious to be involved in determining the direction of our country, state, and local community and by voting they can accomplish that goal. I encourage people to embrace their civic responsibility to vote in the election and make their voices heard.”
The 2022 General Election ballot content, depending on the precinct a voter resides in, will contain contests for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, local races for County Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Sheriff, Surveyor, Coroner and County Commissioner Districts One and Five as well as state and local measures. Voters are urged to research these candidates and measures in advance utilizing the Sample Ballot available online. Once an informed decision has been made, voters are encouraged to vote and return their ballot early.
Voters have many convenient options for returning their voted ballot in a safe and secure manner. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office has 39 secure 24/7 ballot drop-box locations throughout the county. 99% of the county’s population lives within a fifteen-minute drive of one of these locations. Voters also may return their ballot through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). However, voters should affix standard $0.60 standard postage when returning their ballot via the USPS. The Clerk’s Office recommends that voters do not return their voted ballot by mail after October 31. All voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.
Any voter needing a replacement ballot or other in-person services may visit the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the Citizens Service Center at 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road. Additional Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) will open October 24, with a total of 37 VSPCs opening in phases by Election Day. A full list of locations along with hours of operation can be viewed here.
For more information about tracking the status of your mail ballot please visit the Colorado Secretary of State site. For election information voters should visit www.EPCVotes.com or call (719) 575-VOTE (8683).