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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.

LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST

Thursday, February 8, 2024 @ 9:00 a.m. Clerk & Recorders Office

WHO CONDUCTS THE LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST?

In a Presidential Primary Election, the Clerk shall select a testing board comprising at least two persons, one from each major political party.

WHAT IS A LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST?

The purpose of the Logic and Accuracy Test is to verify the voting system is properly configured and programmed to accurately tabulate votes. The Logic and Accuracy Test verifies that the system correctly records all valid votes, under votes, over votes, and blank votes.

HOW DOES THE LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST VERIFY THE SYSTEM IS CORRECTLY RECORDING ALL VOTES?

The county prepares a test deck that includes:

  1. Every ballot style;
  2. A sufficient number of ballots to mark every vote position for every contest, including write-in candidates, contests that permit an elector to vote for two or more positions, and overvotes and undervotes for each contest;
  3. At least one write-in vote for each qualified write-in candidate;
  4. Ballots printed from a mobile ballot production printer; and
  5. Commercially printed ballots.

In addition to the county test deck, each member of the Testing Board must mark 25 test ballots and retain a record of the tally.

The county and Testing Board must observe the tabulation of all test ballots, compare the tabulation with the previously retained records of the test vote count, and correct any discrepancies before the voting devices may be used to tabulate votes in the election.

WHO MAY ATTEND THE LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST?

The Logic and Accuracy Test is open to representatives of the political parties, the press, and the public. Notice of the Logic and Accuracy Test will be published on vote.larimer.gov for at least seven days before the public test.

WHEN WILL THE LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST BE CONDUCTED?

The Logic and Accuracy Test must be completed no later than 21 days before the Election (February 13, 2024).

 

 

 

Election Information:  PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

  • March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election will be an all-mail ballot delivery. Ballots will be mailed to all active eligible registered electors the week of February 12th .

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2024 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION:

  • February 12 – February 16, 2024: Ballots will be mailed to all active eligible electors.
  • February 12, 2024: Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party’s primary election for the March 5th Presidential Primary Election. (Up to and including the 22nd day before the Primary Election)
  • February 26, 2024: Last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail for the March 3rd Presidential Primary Election. (Through the 8th day before an election)
  • February 26, 2024, Monday – March 5, 2024, Tuesday: The Vote Service Polling Center will be the Montezuma County Annex 1, 107 N. Chestnut Cortez, CO 81321. Hours open: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and Saturday March 2, 2024 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 

There are 24-hour ballot drop boxes:  Open Monday Feb. 12 – March 5 at 7:00pm at the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office: 140 W. Main St. Ste 1 Cortez, CO 81321.

Open Feb. 27 – March 5 at 7:00pm at the following locations:

  • Dolores Town Hall: 420 Central Avenue, Dolores, CO 81323
  • Mancos Town Hall: 117 N. Main Street, Mancos, CO 81328
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Headquarters: 125 Mike Wash Road, Towaoc, CO 81334
  • Cortez City Hall: 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO 81321
  • Cox’s Corner: 18794 Hwy 491, Lewis, CO 81327

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

 

Notice of 2024 Presidential Primary Election:

The 2024 Presidential Primary Election will be held in Montezuma County, Colorado, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. All active registered voters may participate.

Mail Ballots: Beginning on February 12, 2024, 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, March 5, 2024Postmarks 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 Annex 1, 107 N. Chestnut Cortez, CO 81321.  February 26, 2024 through March 5, 2024, Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Open Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Drop-off Locations: Eligible voters may also return their voted mail ballots no later than 7 pm on Election Day March 5, 2024, by depositing them in a 24hr drop-box at the following locations,

Open Monday Feb. 12 – March 5 at 7:00pm at the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office: 140 W. Main St. Ste 1 Cortez, CO 81321.

Open Feb. 27 – March 5 at 7:00pm at the following locations:

  • Dolores Town Hall: 420 Central Avenue, Dolores, CO 81323
  • Mancos Town Hall: 117 N. Main Street, Mancos, CO 81328
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Headquarters: 125 Mike Wash Road, Towaoc, CO 81334
  • Cortez City Hall: 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO 81321
  • Cox’s Corner: 18794 Hwy 491, Lewis, CO 81327.

 

Clerk & Recorder/Motor Vehicle Offices 2024  holiday closures:
January 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
May 27, Memorial Day
July 4, Independence Day
September 2,  Labor Day
November 11,  Veterans Day
November 28,  Thanksgiving
December 24 and 25,  Christmas Holiday
January 1, 2025 New Year

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center

Pursuant to 1-5-102.9 (1)(c)(II) C.R.S., Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell is seeking written comments from residents of Montezuma County regarding the designation of a voter service and polling center for the 2024 General Election.  C.R.S. 1-5-102.9(1)(c)(II) requires a county clerk and recorder to solicit public comment concerning the location of voter service and polling centers for General Elections. 

“In designating voter service and polling center locations, each county clerk and recorder shall consider the following factors to address the needs of the county:

  1. Proximity of public transportation lines and availability of parking
  2. Geographic features, such as mountain passes, that tend to affect access and convenience
  3. Equitable distribution across the county so as to afford maximally convenient options for electors
  4. The existence and location of population centers
  5. Access for persons with disabilities
  6. Use of existing voting locations that typically serve a significant number of electors
  7. Use of public buildings that are known to electors in the county, especially to the extent that using such buildings results in cost savings compared to other potential locations 
  8. When private locations are considered or designated as voter service and polling centers in accordance with Section 1-5-105 (3), methods and standards to ensure the security of voting conducted at such locations.

Counties with fewer than 25,000 active registered electors, as that term is described in Section 1-5-102.9 (1) (a) for General Elections, each county clerk and recorder shall designate a minimum number of voter service and polling centers, as follows:

  • 1-5-102.9(A) During the period designated for early voting, at least one voter service and polling center which will be:
  1. Montezuma County Annex I, located at 107 N. Chestnut Cortez CO. 81321
  • 1-5-102.9(B) On Election Day, at least one voter service and polling centers which will be:
  1. Montezuma County Annex I, located at 107 N. Chestnut Cortez CO. 81321 

Clerk Percell has designated the Montezuma County Annex I as the Early Voter Service and Polling Center for Montezuma County for the following reasons:

  1. It is the most centrally located area benefitting all registered voters.
  2. Accessibility for persons with disabilities is available.
  3. It is currently used as the voting location for early voting.
  4. The fact that it is a public building known and utilized by most electors in the county.
  5. It provides the most cost savings compared to other potential locations. 

Clerk Percell has designated the Montezuma County Annex I for Election Day Voter Service and Polling Center for the following reasons:

  1. It is the most centrally located areas benefitting the greatest number of registered electors in the county.
  2. Accessibility for persons with disabilities is available. 
  3. The fact that the building is a public buildings known and utilized by most electors in the county.
  4. It provides the most cost savings compared to other potential locations. 

Residents may submit written comments to: Kim Percell, Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder, 140 W. Main St Ste. #1 Cortez Co. 81321, between February 29, 2024 and April 29, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. 

Comments can also be made at kpercell@co.montezuma.co.us

All Departments may be reached at 970-565-3728.

Elections:  You can register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.gov

Motor Vehicle Department license plates renewals or titling a vehicle can be done online at www.colorado.gov/dmv.

ELECTION NEWS:

Contact ELECTIONS OFFICE

Kim Percell, Clerk & Recorder
140 West Main Street, Suite 1
Cortez, CO 81321
 
Phone: (970) 565-3728
FAX: (970) 564-0215

Clerk & Recorder

Kim Percell
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