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Saguache News – June 18

Postmarks Don’t Count in Colorado

By Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Saguache County Voters:  Postmarks don’t count in Colorado!  If you are returning your ballot by mail, use 2 stamps and mail before June 18, so your county clerk RECEIVES them by June 26. 

After today, June 18, take them to the county outside ballot drop-off location (not a USPS mailbox), which will be open from June 22nd until 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 26.Clips Clerk Saguache

The 24-hour ballot drop box is located in the south parking lot at the courthouse (501 4th St) in Saguache.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that as of June 12, 2018, so far 134,038 voters have returned ballots for the June 26 primary election.

The data is broken down by gender, county and party and, for the first time ever, includes the number of unaffiliated voters who have turned in ballots.

So far, 55,584 Republican ballots (not affiliated Republican voters), 78,199 Democratic ballots and 25,502 envelopes from unaffiliated voters have turned in ballots.

Voters, in 2016, approved Proposition 108, which automatically allows unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections without affiliating with a particular party. Williams in March launched the UChooseCO campaign to remind unaffiliated voters they will receive two ballots but they can only vote one. If they vote both the Republican and Democrat ballot neither one will count.

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Make sure you get your mail-in ballot to the Saguache Post Office by Monday, June 18, otherwise you will need to drop it off at the courthouse bow if you want your vote to count. Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

This is the first primary election where unaffiliated voters are allowed to automatically participate.  Unaffiliated voters who expressed a preference for a Republican or democrat ballot were sent that party’s ballot, but those who did not  were sent both ballots.  Again, only vote one.  If you vote both, neither ballot will count.

The turnout totals do not indicate whether an unaffiliated voter picked a Republican or Democratic ballot.

Also, the statistics show that either no ballots or a small number of ballots have been turned in for some smaller counties but that’s because the ballots have yet to be processed. Their numbers also do not reflect ballots put in 24-hour drop boxes over the weekend, but those ballots will be reflected in Tuesday’s report.

Here is turnout data for the last decade:

2016       644,723 ballots cast / 3,015,250 active voters = 21.38% turnout

2014       634,181 ballots cast / 2,903,612 active voters = 21.84% turnout

2012       530,119 ballots cast / 2,231,484 active voters = 23.76% turnout

2010       774,071 ballots cast / 2,391,825 active voters = 32.36% turnout

2008       488,130 ballots cast / 2,223,503 active voters = 21.95% turnout

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Saguache News – May 10

EUREKA! A Cry of Joy & Satisfaction!

Publisher’s Note: Saguache Today welcomes a new contributor as Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Trish Gilbert keeps residents informed about what’s happening up at the courthouse in her “Clips from the Clerk” column. Enjoy and learn!

Clips Clerk Saguache

As custodians of public records, the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder’s office respectfully requested funding assistance through a grant for digitizing our old books, aperture cards, microfiche and other documents – indexing of the documents, providing permanent archiving of our historical documents and for our web hosted public access site.

Saguache County is where the West was settled.  Our county is economically depressed with no significant tax base to generate revenue for badly needed services such as this project.  Our records go back to the 1800’s and some of our books are in very poor condition with an occasional page missing.  We are dedicated to preserving this important history, but without digitizing, our old books are at risk of further deterioration and even loss of important information.  Approval of this grant request for Saguache County will now link our past with the present and take us forward into the future of technology for historic preservation while providing state-of-the-art services to our citizens.

We also requested enough funds to add a slipsheet printer, and a Laser Jet Printer as well as a Public Search Workstation, to include maintenance and Internet services.  Some of our office equipment used for recording is outdated.  At present we have just one public search station.  We will also purchase a light table for viewing recorded plat maps.


The Saguache County Courthouse houses hundreds of historic documents that will now be digitized and saved for generations to come!

Our Board of County Commissioners is very excited about this project and eager for us to get started.  They realize the seriousness and historic nature of these documents and would like to see them preserved in timeless quality.

A lot of time and careful consideration was given to this grant application.  Our entire staff was involved throughout the process.  Ben and Desiree kept the daily operations of the clerk’s office going while Jane made important contacts for letters of support from recording stakeholders such as the Abstract Office, title companies, searchers, etc.  – we even received a letter of support from the Saguache County Museum.  There were many demands on everyone’s time.

We deeply appreciate the Electronic Recording Technology Board’s approval of our full request of $181,553.89!

No strings attached.  The grant money we receive will be at no cost to the taxpayer.   No in-kind contributions and no payback of grant funds.  Eureka!