When it comes to mail-in ballots, postmarks don't count. Election officials must receive all ballots by 7pm on November 6 and it's getting late.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is urging voters at this point to utilize 24-hour drop boxes instead of mailing ballots in just to be sure they are received in time

People could be confused about the timing of mail-in ballots because of what happens on income tax day. In that case, as long as tax returns are postmarked by the deadline they are considered on time. Such is not the case with the election.

.A ballot mailed in Grand Junction on Thursday or Friday should have no trouble reaching it's intended destination at least by Monday or Tuesday the following week, but there are no guarantees. That is why Williams is suggesting voters drop off ballots or vote in person rather than trusting mail delivery.

My personal feeling is that if you are in Grand Junction mailing to Grand Junction, you should be safe getting your ballot in the mail by Friday. But, if you have any apprehensions you can drop off your ballot in person --and you can save the cost of postage.

Below is a list of drop off locations in Mesa County.

Ballot Box Locations

  • Mesa County Central Services - 200 S Spruce St, Grand Junction
  • Grand Valley Transit (West) - 612 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Human Services - 510 29 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction
  • PeachTree Shopping Center - 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton
  • Fruita Civic Center - 325 E Aspen Ave, Fruita

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