Voters have a little more than three weeks to become educated on several pocketbook issues on the Nov. 5 ballot.
And within a week, ballots will start showing up in mailboxes.
On the ballots will be questions including whether to let Colorado retain revenue it would otherwise have to refund and whether to OK new sales and property taxes in Larimer County, among others.
What’s on the ballot?
It’s time to start studying up. The Legislative Council’s ballot information booklets have already been mailed, and there are more opportunities through the League of Women Voters and the Coloradoan to have your election questions answered.
The biggest questions, to be covered by the Coloradoan in the coming days, are:
- Proposition CC: Asking whether to allow the state of Colorado to keep all revenue it collects instead of giving refunds now mandated by the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights
- Proposition DD: Allowing sports betting in existing casinos and using 10% of proceeds to fund water projects and pay for regulation of sports betting
- Ballot Issue 1A: A countywide sales tax increase of 0.5% to fund Larimer County transportation and facilities projects
- Ballot Issue 4A: A Poudre School District mill levy increase to fund teacher salaries, mental health positions and school security measures
- Ballot Issue 2A: A Loveland sales and use tax to fund specific transportation and building projects
- Ballot Issue 2B: A Loveland sales and use tax to fund a new recreation and senior center
- Ballot issue 2D: Approving marijuana sales in Loveland
- Ballot Issue 2C: A Loveland excise and sales tax on marijuana
- Ballot Issue 7A: A mill levy increase to fund Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District growth
There’s only one contested candidate race affecting Fort Collins voters, and that’s the District A seat on the Poudre School District board of directors. Scott Schoenbauer is challenging incumbent DJ Anderson.
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Where to drop off ballots
Ballots will be mailed sometime between now and Oct. 18. They must be returned by 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Here’s where and when you can drop them off:
24-hour drop locations:
(open Oct. 11 through 7 p.m. Election Day)
- Larimer County Courthouse, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins (outside the southwest entrance)
- Loveland Vehicle Licensing Branch, 200 Peridot Ave., Loveland
- Estes Park Vehicle Licensing Branch, 1601 Brodie Ave., Estes Park
- Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins
- Colorado State University’ sLory Student Center, 1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins
- Red Feather Lakes Library, 71 Fire House Lane, Red Feather Lakes
- Wellington Public Library, 3800 Wilson Ave., Wellington
- Berthoud Community Library, 236 Welch Ave., Berthoud
- Timnath Public Works Building, 4800 Goodman Road, Timnath
Other drop-off locations with limited hours:
(accepting ballots 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day)
- King Soopers, 2602 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins
- King Soopers, 1842 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
- Safeway, 2160 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins
- Safeway, 1426 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins
- King Soopers, 1275 Eagle Drive, Loveland
Where you can register to vote or vote in person
If you want to vote in person, you can do so at a voter service and polling center listed below. At these locations, you can also obtain a replacement ballot, change your address or register to vote. You can also simply drop off your voted ballot at these locations.
(Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day)
- Larimer County Courthouse, 200 W. Oak St., first floor, Fort Collins
- Loveland Police & Courts Building, 810 E. 10th St., Loveland
- Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, Estes Park
The League of Women Voters of Larimer County has planned three meetings to impartially examine the pros and cons of state and local ballot issues:
- 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Harmony Library, 4616 S.Shields St, Fort Collins
- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 E. Fifth St., Loveland
- 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins
Coloradoan election guide
Starting Wednesday at Coloradoan.com, the Coloradoan will offer an election guide to the major items on Larimer County ballots. The guide will also publish in the Oct. 20 print edition.
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Rebecca Powell is a content coach at the Coloradoan. Follow her @RebaPowell on Twitter or email RebeccaPowell@coloradoan.com.