Elections Office

The County Clerk's Office oversees elections in Montezuma County
The County Clerk’s Office oversees elections in Montezuma County

The Elections Office oversees a process integral to our democratic way of life

OUR MISSION

The success of the democratic process requires fair and open elections which accurately reflect the intent of the electorate, therefore, it is our mission to conduct accurate and fair elections and in so doing protect and promote public trust and confidence by the way in which we conduct those elections. We are responsible for the integrity of the election process, and in so doing; these principles must be placed above personal or partisan gain.


ELECTION NEWS:

Election Information:  November 3, 2020 General Election

ATTENTION: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, in-person voting may be limited or unavailable at certain locations.  The Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office strongly encourages all voters to return their ballots to a county-controlled 24-hour drop box or by mail.  If you must vote in-person please check our website at http://montezumacounty.org or call 970-565-3728 before going to vote in-person to confirm availability

  • November 3, 2020 General Election will be an all-mail ballot delivery. Ballots will be mailed to all active eligible registered electors the week of October 12, 2020.
  • IMPORTANT: If you do not live in one of the participating entity boundaries you will not receive a ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2020 GENERAL ELECTION:

  • October 9 – 16, 2020: Ballots will be mailed to all active eligible electors.
  • October 13, 2020: Last day to submit an application to register to vote through a voter registration drive. (no later than 22 days before the election)
  • October 26, 2020: Last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 General Election. (Through the 8th day before an election)
  • October 19, 2020, Monday – November 3, 2020, Tuesday: Voters can register to vote, obtain a replacement ballot or drop off their mail-in ballots in person at the Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 140 W. Main Street, Suite 1, Cortez, CO 81321

Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office Election Department will be open on Saturday, October 24th and October 31st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ballot drop off, replacement ballots.
24-hour drop box will be available for ballot drop off from October 12, 2020. to November 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the following addresses:
Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder 140 W. Main St Suite #1 Cortez Co. 81321 Dolores Town Hall 420 Central Ave, Dolores, CO 81323
Mancos Town Hall 117 N Main St, Mancos, CO 81328
Tribal Complex Building 124 Mike Wash Road Towaoc Co. 81334

Coming Soon: 24/7 ballot drop box at Cortez City Hall 123 Roger Smith Ave. Cortez Co. 81321

  • November 3, 2020: ELECTION DAY
    Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    at 140 W. Main St. Suite #1 Cortez Co. 81321.
  • Additional Vote Service Polling Centers Open November 3, 2020, ELECTION DAY 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at:
  • Dolores Library 1002 Railroad Ave, Dolores Co. 81323
  • Mancos Library 211 W. 1st Mancos Co. 81328
  • Ute Mountain Ute Recreation Center, 495 Sunset Blvd. Towaoc Co. 81334

Election Information:  Frequently asked questions: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/FAQsMain.html

Notice of 2020 General Election:

The 2020 General Election will be held in Montezuma County, Colorado, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. All active registered voters may participate.

Mail Ballots: Beginning on October 9, 2020, the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder will send a mail ballot to every active voter.  To be counted, mail ballots must be returned to and in the hands of the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, 2020Postmarks do not count.

Polling Locations: Until 7:00 pm on Election Day, eligible individuals may also visit a Voter Service and Polling Center and register to vote for the first time, update their existing voter registration records, request the issuance of original or replacement mail ballot, or vote in-person on accessible voting devices, at the following location;

  • Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 140 W. Main St., Ste. 1 Cortez, CO 81321. October 19, 2020, Monday -Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Open Saturdays, October 24th and 31st, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Additional Vote Service Polling Centers, Open Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Dolores Library 1002 Railroad Ave, Dolores Co. 81323
  • Mancos Library 211 W. 1st St. Mancos Co. 81328
  • Ute Mountain Ute Recreation Center, 495 Sunset Blvd Towaoc Co. 81334

Drop-off Locations: Eligible voters may also return their voted mail ballots no later than 7 pm on Election Day November 3, 2020, by depositing them in a 24hr drop-box at any of the following locations,

Clerk & Recorder/Motor Vehicle Offices 2020  holiday closures:
January 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 17, for Presidents Day
May 25, Memorial Day
July 3, Independence Day
September 7,  Labor Day
November 11,  Veterans Day
November 26 and 27,  Thanksgiving Holiday
December 24 and 25,  Christmas Holiday
December 31, and January 1, 2021 New Year


Election Offenses:

C.R.S. 1-13-106 Forgery– Any person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits any ballot before or after it has been cast, or who forges any name of a person as a signer or witness to a petition or nomination paper, or who forges any letter of acceptance, declination, or withdrawal, or who forges the name of a registered elector to a voter’s mail-in or mail ballot commits forgery which is a class five 5 felony.

C.R.S. 1-13-112 Offenses relating to mail ballots – Any person who, by use of force or other means, unduly influences an elector to vote in any particular manner or to refrain from voting, or who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits any mail ballot before or after it has been cast, or who destroys, defaces, mutilates, or tampers with such a ballot shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than eighteen months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

The Election and Recording Department can be reached at 970-565-3728 for voter and election questions or recording information. You can register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.com
The Motor Vehicle Department can be reached at 970-565-3728 for license plates/renewals or titling a vehicle. You can renew your license plates online at www.colorado.gov/dmv
You can also reach our office by email at kpercell@co.montezuma.co.us.


 


QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE

  • You must be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization.
  • You must be eighteen years of age or older on the date of the next ensuing election.
  • You must have resided in the state and the precinct 22 days immediately prior to the election at which you intend to vote.
  • Voter registration is allowed up to and on Election Day (same-day registration) and all registered voters will receive mail-in ballots (no need to apply for one).
  • Each elector registering shall sign his/her name on the registration record or, if unable to write, shall make a personal mark or be provided assistance by the county clerk or any person authorized by the clerk or the elector.
  • No person can register another or make any changes to the voter registration record except the voter themselves.

WHERE TO REGISTER TO VOTE

  • In-person at the election department in the Montezuma County Clerk’s Office
  • Mail-in — a copy of identification must be submitted with the application
  • Driver’s license forms
  • Agency based forms (i.e.- Social Services, WIC ADC, Health Departments)
  • Recruitment forms
  • Voter Registration drives
  • High Schools
  • Libraries
  • Municipal Offices
  • Other agencies throughout the State

 

IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED TO VOTE

For information please go to Colorado Secretary of State


MAIL BALLOTS

The ballot you receive in the mail is your official ballot and the ballot you need to vote and return to our office for processing. Ballots are mailed to all Active Eligible Voters. As soon as you receive your ballot you may vote the ballot with your choices and then return it to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office during office hours or by mail.

Remember to allow enough time for the ballot to reach our office! Postmarks do not count! Mail-in ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day

TIPS FOR MAIL BALLOTS:

  1. You will receive the ballot, secrecy sleeve and return envelope.
  2. Select candidates and questions you wish to vote on.
  3. Use a blue or black pen that will not bleed through the paper to vote your ballot. Completely fill in the oval next to the selection you want to vote for.
  4. If you do not want to vote the entire ballot, simply mark your selections and leave the rest blank.
  5. Place your ballot in the secrecy sleeve that came with your ballot.
  6. Place the ballot inside of the secrecy sleeve in your return envelope addressed to Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 140 W. Main Street, Suite 1 Cortez, CO 81321.
  7. Before sealing the envelope, please sign the signature affidavit located on the back of the envelope. This is required in order for your ballot to be processed. We must compare every signature to make sure that the intended voter was the one who signed the envelope.
  8. We highly recommend that you:
    • Drop your ballot off at the Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 140 W. Main Street, Suite 1 Cortez, CO 81321, or drop your ballot in the 24/7 drop boxes located at:
    • Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder 140 W. Main St Suite #1 Cortez Co. 81321
    •  Dolores Town Hall 420 Central Ave, Dolores, CO 81323
    • Mancos Town Hall 117 N Main St, Mancos, CO 81328
    • Tribal Complex Building 124 Mike Wash Road Towaoc Co. 81334 (No postage necessary).
  • You may also mail your ballot using the envelope provided but (Adequate postage will be required)

 

QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT:

What if my ballot does not arrive? If your General Election ballot does not arrive.  Please come to the Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 140 W. Main Street, Suite 1 Cortez, CO 81321to obtain a replacement ballot.

I spoiled my ballot, now what do I do? Please call the Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 565-3728 or stop by our office. You may obtain a replacement ballot during normal business hours; from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What do I do with my mail-in ballot? You can vote your ballot any time after you receive the ballot. You can either mail it back with a first-class stamp or bring it to the Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 140 W. Main Street, Suite 1 Cortez, CO 81321. Or drop it in the 24/7 Drive-up DropBox. All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. election day in order to be counted.

 

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