The 2022 mid-term election season is nearing its end as the mail-in ballots must be returned to one’s respective county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.
Locally, Adam Gates and Dwain Weinrich are running for Yuma County Commissioner District 1. Several county-elected positions are unopposed as Republicans Bev Wenger (clerk and recorder), Chrystal Hammond (treasurer), Cindy Taylor (assessor), Todd Combs (sheriff), and Javan Jones (coroner) are the only candidates.
The City of Yuma has a 1.5-percent sales tax increase on the ballot. The new revenue is earmarked for the ambulance, police, fire and street departments. City administration and the Yuma City Council currently are considering two budgets for 2023 — one for if the sales tax passes and one if it does not.
Republican Byron Pelton is running unopposed for State Senator District 1, and Republican Richard Holtorf is unopposed for State Representative District 63.
Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis and Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl lead the ballot for governor. Democrat incumbent Michael Bennett and Republican challenger Joe O’Dea top the ballot in the race for United States Senator. Republican incumbent Ken Buck is challenged by Democrat Ike McCorkle for the Fourth Congressional District seat.
There also are statewide races for secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general.
There are several state ballot measures.
If one has not mailed their ballot by now, it is recommended to drop it off at one of the many locations in Yuma County. There is a 24/7 drive-up drop box located on the south side of the NJC Campus in Yuma, and by the northeast corner of the Election Center in Wray. One also can drop off their ballot at the Motor Vehicle Branch office located in the NJC building on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or at the Yuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office in the courthouse in Wray. Also, the Election Center will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to drop off ballots, or get a replacement ballot.
Unofficial election results will be posted Election Night, November 8, 2022, after 7 p.m. when ballot processing is complete. Results can be found at www.yumacounty.net under the Clerk and Recorder’s Department or on the following link: results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Yuma/115968.
Clerk’s Corner, by Bev Wenger
Time is running out! Make a plan to vote!
You have less than a week until the November 8, 2022, General Election. Have you returned your ballot to the Yuma County Clerk’s office? You do not have to wait until election day to cast your vote.
We appreciate receiving voted ballots early so our election judges can start processing. The earlier ballots are returned, the earlier unofficial election night results can be released.
All voted ballots and replacement ballots must be returned to the Yuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 310 Ash St. Ste F, Wray, CO 80758 by 7:00 p.m. November 8, 2022.
We highly recommend at this time that you:
Drop your ballot in one of the 24/7 Drive Up Drop Boxes located by the Northeast corner of the Election Center in Wray or on the South side of the NJC Building in Yuma.
Drop your ballot off at the Yuma County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 310 Ash St. Ste. F, Wray, CO 80758
Drop your ballot off at the MV Branch office at 910 S Main St in Yuma on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
REMEMBER: Postmarks do not count; it is too late to mail! It takes approximately 5 days to mail a ballot from Yuma to Wray. Do not put your ballot in the mail later than November 1, 2022.
Your ballot must be in the possession of the Yuma County Clerk and Recorder by 7:00 P.M. November 8, 2022.
Need to register or did you not receive your ballot? You may bring identification, register and vote at the Voter Service and Polling Center location. You do not have to wait until election day to cast your vote!
Check your mail-in ballot status online: If you would like to verify that your ballot was received by our office you can log onto www.govotecolorado.gov or sign up for ballottrax at voteyumacounty.ballottrax.net.
Property Owner Ballots are issued to individuals owning property in the Ground Water District. Entities such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, trust, etc. will not receive a ballot.
Election Results: Unofficial election results will be posted Election Night, November 8, 2022, after 7:00 p.m. when ballot processing is complete. Results will be on our website at www.yumacounty.net under the Clerk and Recorder’s Department or on the following link:
this link will not be available until after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Results will also be posted in the hallway by the Clerk’s office.
The Election Center VSPC will be open on Saturdays, October 29 and November 5, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ballot drop off, replacement ballots.
November 8, 2022: Election Day
Voter Service and Polling Centers:
Election Center, 130 E 3rd St., Wray, CO 80758
NJC Satellite Campus, 910 S Main St., Yuma, CO 80759
County Offices will be closed Friday, November 11, 2022, in observance of Veterans Day!
BallotTrax is a free service for Yuma County Voters that allows you to track the status of your ballot online, as well as receive messages by text, phone or email when your ballot has been sent to you and received by our Elections Division. Yuma County voters may sign up at voteyumacounty.ballottrax.net