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Ballots already pouring in for upcoming Colorado Springs election

Posted at 7:51 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 09:06:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Even after last week’s blizzard, ballots for the upcoming April election are pouring in.

As of Friday, the clerk said nearly 6,900 ballots have already been returned.

“It usually starts off a little slow,” said City Clerk, Sarah Johnson. “As you can imagine, we’re a little bit behind, like I said, because of the blizzard. Mail delivery was delayed on both sides and those kinds of things, but we’re right about where we usually are.”

If you’re mailing in your ballot, you need to have those in the mail this week to be a 100 percent sure it is in the office in time.

All ballots have to be returned by 7 p.m. on April 2nd.

Learn more about the candidates and the issue on the ballot, visit our Election Watch page.

The city will host an election on Tuesday, April 2nd to select a Mayor and three At-large City Council members for the next 4 years.

Candidates had from January 2nd to the 22nd to file their application to be on this year’s ballot. The drawing order their names will appear on the ballot was determined on January 25th.

The following is a list of candidates as they appear on the ballot. Municipal elections are non-partisan.


At-Large City Council (3 seats on council):


Issue 1: Collective Bargaining for All Uniformed Fire Department Employees

Read a full write-up on this issue from News5’s Zach Thaxton – here.

As with all elections in Colorado, ballots will be mailed to every eligible active voter within city limits. The latest estimate shows 300,000 such voters in Colorado Springs.

The first ballots will be mailed out to military and overseas voters by February 19th. The remainder of the ballots will begin to go out from the City Clerk’s Office on March 8th and no later than March 18th.

Ballot counting will begin on March 18th and continue to election day April 2nd, and to the deadline to receive military and overseas ballots on April 10th.

Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights notices about the collective bargaining issue will be mailed out by March 1st.

Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Hours of Operation:

(Main location) City Clerk’s Office 30 South Nevada Ave., Suite 101 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM & 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Colorado Springs Senior Center 1514 North Hancock Ave. 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
YMCA Southeast Family Armed Services Center 2190 Jet Wing Dr. 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PPLD-East Library 5550 North Union Blvd. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PPLD-Library 21c 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Black Forest Park-n-Ride 7503 Black Forest Rd. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Locations Citizens Service Center, 1675 West Garden of the Gods Rd. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Downtown-Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Ave. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Southeast-Powers Branch, 5650 Industrial Pl., Suite 100 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
8830 North-Union Town Center Branch, 8830 North Union Blvd. 24/7 Ballot Box 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fort Carson Branch, 6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg. 1525 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM