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Your choices on Election Day, Nov. 2

Election Day is Nov. 2.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Archuleta County will be utilizing Vote Centers for the General Election.

The polling place for both mail-in (formerly absentee) and early voting will be the County Election’s Office downstairs in the county courthouse. Mail-in (absentee) ballots can be picked up or applied for and also returned there. You can also drop off mail-in ballots in the County Clerk’s Office. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Early voting will be held in the Elections Office, downstairs in the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 18 through Oct. 29 (no weekends).

The following are the contested office nominations and items that will be voted on at the Archuleta County, Nov. 2, 2010, General Election.

Federal offices

U.S. Senator:

1. Ken Buck, Republican.

2. Michael F. Bennet, Democratic.

3. Bob Kinsey, Green (signed declaration to limit service to no more than two terms).

4. Maclyn “Mac” Stringer, Libertarian.

5. Charley Miller, Unaffiliated (chose not to sign declaration to limit service to two terms).

6. J. Moromisato, Unaffiliated.

7. Jason Napolitano, Independent Reform (signed declaration to limit service to no more than two terms).

8. Write-in.

U.S. Representative, District 3:

1. John Salazar, Democratic.

2, Scott R. Tipton, Republican.

3. Gregory Gilman, Libertarian.

4. Jake Segrest, Unaffiliated.

5. Write-in

State offices

Governor/Lt. Governor:

1. John Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia, Democratic.

2. Dan Maes/Tambor Williams, Republican.

3. Jaimes Brown/Ken Wyble, Libertarian.

4. Tom Tancredo/Pat Miller, American Constitution.

5. Jason R. Clark/Victoria A. Adams, Unaffiliated.

6. Paul Noel Fiorino/Heather A. McKibbin, Unaffiliated.

7. Write-in.

Secretary of State:

1. Scott Gessler, Republican.

2. Bernie Buescher, Democratic.

3. Amanda Campbell, American Constitution.

Attorney General:

1. Stan Garnett, Democratic.

2. John Suthers, Republican.

Regent of the University of Colorado - at large:

1. Melissa Hart, Democratic.

2. Steve Bosley, Republican.

3. Jesse B. Wallace, Libertarian.

State Senate-District 6:

1. Bruce Whitehead, Democratic.

2. Ellen Roberts, Republican.

State Representative-District 59:

1. J. Paul Brown, Republican.

2. Brian O’Donnell, Democratic.

County offices

County Commissioner-District 3:

1. Robert Hart, Republican.

2. Michael Whiting, Unaffiliated.

County Assessor:

1. Fred Uehling, Democratic.

2. Natalie Woodruff, Republican.

Judicial positions

Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court:

(Vote Yes or No).

1. Shall Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court be retained in office?

2. Shall Justice Alex J. Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court be retained in office?

3. Shall Justice Nancy E. Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court be retained in office?

Court of Appeals:

(Vote Yes or No).

1. Shall Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?

2. Shall Judge Richard L. Gabriel of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?

3, Shall Judge Nancy J. Lichtenstein of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?

4. Shall Judge David J. Richman of the Colorado Court of Appeals be retained in office?

District Judge-6th Judicial District:

(Vote Yes or No).

1. Shall Judge Gregory G. Lyman of the 6th Judicial District be retained in office?

2. Shall Judge Jeffrey R. Wilson of the 6th Judicial District be retained in office?

Archuleta County Judge:

(Vote Yes or No).

1. Shall Judge James E. Denvir of the Archuleta County Court be retained in office?

Ballot issues

Ballot issues referred by the general assembly or any political subdivision are listed by letter, and ballot issues initiated by the people are listed numerically.? A ballot issue listed as an “amendment” proposes a change to the Colorado constitution, and a ballot issue listed as a “proposition” proposes a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes.? A “yes” vote on any ballot issue is a vote in favor of changing current law or existing circumstances, and a “no” vote on any ballot issue is a vote against changing current law or existing circumstances.

Amendment P (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to section 2 of article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado, concerning the regulation of games of chance by an authority specified by the general assembly?

Amendment Q (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to section 3 of article VIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado, concerning a process for temporarily moving the seat of government in a disaster emergency that substantially affects the ability of the state government to operate in the city and county of Denver, and, in connection therewith, requiring the general assembly to convene in a temporary meeting location designated by the governor and authorizing the general assembly to determine by law a temporary location for the seat of government of the state?

Amendment R (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to section 3 (1) (b) of article X of the constitution of the state of Colorado, concerning an exemption from property taxation for a possessory interest in real property if the actual value of the interest is less than or equal to six thousand dollars or such amount adjusted for inflation?

Amendment 60 (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning government charges on property, and, in connection therewith, allowing petitions in all districts for elections to lower property taxes; specifying requirements for property tax elections; requiring enterprises and authorities to pay property taxes but offsetting the revenues with lower tax rates; prohibiting enterprises and unelected boards from levying fees or taxes on property; setting expiration dates for certain tax rate and revenue increases; requiring school districts to reduce property tax rates and replacing the revenue with state aid; and eliminating property taxes that exceed the dollar amount included in an approved ballot question, that exceed state property tax laws, policies, and limits existing in 1992 that have been violated, changed, or weakened without state voter approval, or that were not approved by voters without certain ballot language?

Amendment 61 (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning limitations on government borrowing, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting future borrowing in any form by state government; requiring voter approval of future borrowing by local governmental entities; limiting the form, term, and amount of total borrowing by each local governmental entity; directing all current borrowing to be paid; and reducing tax rates after certain borrowing is fully repaid?

Amendment 62 (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution applying the term “person”, as used in those provisions of the Colorado constitution relating to inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law, to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being?

Amendment 63 (Constitutional)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the right of all persons to health care choice, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting the state independently or at the instance of the United States from adopting or enforcing any statute, regulation, resolution, or policy that requires a person to participate in a public or private health insurance or coverage plan or that denies, restricts, or penalizes the right or ability of a person to make or receive direct payments for lawful health care services; and exempting from the effects of the amendment emergency medical treatment required to be provided by hospitals, health facilities, and health care providers or health benefits provided under workers’ compensation or similar insurance?

Proposition 101 (Statutory)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning limits on government charges, and, in connection therewith, reducing vehicle ownership taxes over four years to nominal amounts; ending taxes on vehicle rentals and leases; phasing in over four years a $10,000 vehicle sale price tax exemption; setting total yearly registration, license, and title charges at $10 per vehicle; repealing other specific vehicle charges; lowering the state income tax rate to 4.5% and phasing in a further reduction in the rate to 3.5%; ending state and local taxes and charges, except 911 charges, on telecommunication service customer accounts; and stating that, with certain specified exceptions, any added charges on vehicles and telecommunication service customer accounts shall be tax increases?

Proposition 102 (Statutory)

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring that only defendants arrested for a first offense, non violent misdemeanor may be recommended for release or actually released to a pretrial services program’s supervision in lieu of a cash, property, or professional surety bond?

Archuleta County

Archuleta County Ballot Question 1A

With no increase in the current tax rate or mill levy, shall Archuleta County be authorized to extend indefinitely and continue to collect, retain and spend all revenues derived from property taxes under its current property tax levy of 18.233 mills in 2010 and in each subsequent year without further voter approval, for the purpose of funding general Archuleta County government operations to include routine maintenance of all county roads, and capital improvements, including parks and recreation facilities and county government facilities, and may the county collect, retain and spend all revenues generated from such mill levy, and investment income thereon, and revenues generated from such mill levy, an investment income thereon, and shall such revenue constitute a voter approved revenue change offset, and exception to the limits that would otherwise apply under Article X Section 20 of the Colorado constitution or section 29-1-301 of the Colorado Revised Statutes as amended or any other law?

Archuleta County Ballot Question 1B

Shall county taxes be increased $637,159 and by such additional amounts raised annually thereafter by the imposition of a mill levy increase of 1.5 mills on property within Archuleta County which proceeds shall be distributed to the Archuleta County Educational Center, Inc., for economic development within the county, including education and workforce development programs and services for persons residing in the county; and shall Archuleta County be authorized to collect and distribute the revenues generated from such mill levy starting January 1, 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter; and shall this revenue authorization constitute a voter approved revenue change notwithstanding any revenue and expenditure limitations including but not limited to Article X Section 20 of the constitution of Colorado as well as the limitations set forth in C.R.S.§29-1-301 et seq.?

Vote Centers

All voters have the option to vote at any one of the three Vote Centers. They are as follows:

1. Archuleta County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 449 San Juan St.

2. Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

3. Restoration Fellowship Church, 264 Village Drive (behind City Market).