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'I have no concern': El Paso County Clerk says majority of voters choosing to use drop-off ballot boxes

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Oct 24, 2022

EL PASO COUNTY — Early in-person voting is underway for Colorado's general election, but the majority of voters are choosing a different method to cast their ballot this year.

Chuck Broerman, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, said over 80% of people are choosing to vote via ballot drop-off boxes. He said the county has seen a continuous decrease in the number of people voting in person. During this year's primary election in June, only 1.6% of people came into a polling center to cast their ballot.

"I think people really love the convenience of being able to get about three weeks in advance and having the time to look over it and then vote and then drop it off in one of our secure 24/7 drop boxes," Broerman said.

In the midst of concerns about election security, he said some of the county's election officials have received nonspecific threats. He said there is a heightened level of security for those officials. As for the ballot drop boxes, Broerman said he's confident in the surveillance efforts used to protect ballots.

"Everything's on video, from the time it goes to the drop box to when it comes back into our office area," he said. "We have cameras, our rooms have windows all the way around so the public and poll watchers can watch and observe. So we have a very robust way of physically safeguarding your vote," he said.

Whether you mail in your ballot or show up in person at a polling center, Broerman said the ballot paper is exactly the same.

"There is no difference in how your ballot looks or is processed. We check that signature to make sure it is you. If you come into a vote center, we're checking that your ID and your signatures are what we have on file."

Broerman said one benefit of dropping your ballot off early is you'll get significantly fewer calls and texts from political campaigns. Once your ballot is cast, campaigns know you've already made up your mind on voting and will reach out less. Another thing to keep in mind: if you receive a ballot in the mail addressed to someone who lived at your residence before you, make sure to send it back to the Clerk and Recorder's Office to get their name taken off to update their voter lists.

Here is a list of all 39 ballot drop boxes and voter service and polling centers (VSPCs) in El Paso County.

Further information on Voter Polling and Service Locations and ballot Drop-Off Locations

The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
Monday, October 24, 2022, – Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding weekends)
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

UCCS
Kettle Creek Room #108
4785 Clyde Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Downtown/Centennial Hall
NW corner of Cascade Ave. & Vermijo St.
200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Southeast Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office)
SE corner of Powers Blvd. & Airport Rd.
5650 Industrial Pl., Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Fort Carson (EPC Clerk’s Office)
Enter at Gate 1
6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg. 1525, Ft. Carson, CO 80913

North Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office)
NW corner of Union Blvd. & Research Pkwy.
8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Victory World Outreach
SW corner of S. Academy Blvd. & Hancock Expy.
3150 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Zalman Center at Harrison High School
SE corner of Circle Dr. & I-25
2755 Janitell Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

East Library
West of Union Blvd. between Montebello Dr. & Vickers Dr.
5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Creekside Success Center
School District 49 facility
NW corner of Peterson Rd. and Pony Tracks Dr.
3850 Pony Tracks Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Library 21c
NW corner of Chapel Hills Dr. & Jamboree Dr.
1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Manitou Springs City Hall
Memorial Hall
NW corner of Manitou Ave. & El Paso Blvd.
606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District
SE corner of Teachout Rd. & Burgess Rd.
11445 Teachout Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908

The Barn
Woodmoor Community Center
SE of Deer Creek Rd on Woodmoor Dr.
1691 Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132

Fountain Library
SE corner of E. Missouri Ave. & S. Main St.
230 S. Main St., Fountain, CO 80817

Sand Creek Library
East of Academy Blvd. between Chelton Rd. and Fountain Blvd.
1821 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916

The Independence Center
NE corner of E. Las Animas St. & S. Tejon St.
729 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Town of Monument - Town Hall
SW corner of Beacon Lite Rd. & Highway 105
645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument, CO 80132

El Paso County Public Services Department - Calhan
SE corner of 10th St. & Golden St.
1010 Golden St., Calhan, CO 80808

Falcon Legacy Campus
School District 49 facility
NE of Meridian Rd. and Swingline Rd.
11990 Swingline Rd., Falcon, CO 80831

Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley
NW of Alturas Dr. and Cable Ln. between Bradley Rd. and Main St.
4945 Cable Ln., Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District
Community Center West
West of Meridian Rd. and Woodmen Hills Dr.
11720 Woodmen Hills Dr., Falcon, CO 80831

Ruth Holley Library
Murray Blvd. between Platte Ave. and Palmer Park Blvd.
685 N. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915
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The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
Monday, November 7, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Peaceful Valley
East of S. Powers Blvd., on Fontaine Blvd.
7925 Fontaine Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80925

Corpus Christi Parish Hall
SW corner of N. Cascade Ave. & W. Jackson St.
2318 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Pikes Peak United Way Family Success Center
SW corner of Verde Dr. and Shasta Dr.
1520 Verde Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Family of Christ Lutheran Church
East of Jackson Creek Pkwy. and W. Baptist Rd.
675 W. Baptist Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Pikes Peak State College - Centennial Campus
West on S. Academy Blvd. from exit 135 on I-25
5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Vista Grande Baptist Church
NW corner of N. Powers Blvd & Stetson Hills Blvd.
5680 Stetson Hills Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80917

St. Dominic Catholic Church
West of 85 between Main St. & S. Academy Blvd.
5354 US 85, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

Fountain Valley YMCA
West of N. Santa Fe Ave. on W. Alabama Ave.
326 West Alabama Ave., Fountain, CO 80817

Pikes Peak State College - Rampart Range Campus
West of Interquest Pkwy. between Cross Peak View and New Life Dr.
2070 Interquest Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Charles C. “Chuck” Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex
Between Constitution Ave. & N. Carefree Cir.
3275 Akers Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Pikes Peak Regional Development Center
NW of Printers Pkwy. between International Cir. & Airport Rd.
2880 International Cir., Colorado Springs, CO 80910

The Lodge at Cathedral Pines
South of Milam Rd. & Foxchase Way on Milam Rd.
13977 Milam Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Sunnyside Christian Church
NE corner of N. Murray Blvd. and Constitution Ave.
2025 N. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Vanguard Church
NW corner of N. Academy Blvd. and American Dr.
3950 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80917

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ADDITIONAL SECURE 24-HOUR BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS ONLY

The ballot drop-off locations below provide no indoor registration, voting, or ballot drop-off services. Each outdoor ballot drop-off location below will be open 24 hours a day from October 17, 2022, through 7:00 p.m. Election Day, November 8, 2022.

Bear Creek Park, Community Garden
21st St. & W. Rio Grande
2002 Creek Crossing St., Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Black Forest Park-n-Ride
NW corner of Black Forest Rd. & Woodmen Rd.
7503 Black Forest Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers
To the left of the stop sign at main entrance to Boot Barn
13071 Bass Pro Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Broadmoor Towne Center at Southgate
2007 Southgate Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Citadel Mall
Northside by the Food Court Entrance
750 Citadel Dr. E., Colorado Springs, CO 80909

City of Colorado Springs
NW corner of Nevada Ave. & Colorado Ave.
30 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Colorado Springs Senior Center
South of E. Caramillo St. on N. Hancock Ave.
1514 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Cottonwood Creek Recreational Center
Between Montarbor Dr. & Rangewood Dr., next to the pool entrance
3920 Dublin Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Ellicott School District Admin Building
North of Handle Rd. & E. of Ellicott Hwy.
322 S. Ellicott Hwy., Calhan, CO 80808

Falcon Fire Department
Station 1 – Corner of Meridian Ranch Rd. & Royal County Down Rd.
12072 Royal County Down Rd., Falcon, CO 80831

Falcon Park -n- Ride
near Old Meridian Rd., & Swingline Rd.
11858 Swingline Rd., Falcon, CO 80831

First and Main
Westside of Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot
New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Fountain Creek Park
SW corner of Hwy. 85/87 & Duckwood Rd., in the first parking lot
2010 Duckwood Rd., Fountain, CO 80817

Fountain Police Department
Community Room – SE corner of Santa Fe Ave. & Alabama Ave.
222 N. Santa Fe Ave., Fountain, CO 80817

Leon Young Sports Complex
Between E. Fountain Blvd. & Verde Dr.
1335 S. Chelton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Monument Park -n- Ride
NE corner of I-25 at exit 161
1899 Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132

Rocky Mountain Calvary
SE corner of N. Academy Blvd. & Montebello Dr.
Across from the Montebello Post Office
4285 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 School

District 3 Federal Credit Union
NW corner of Grinnell Blvd. & Crawford Ave.
1180 Crawford Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80911

Tiffany Square
U-Haul Moving & Storage at Rockrimmon
Westside of I-25 and Woodmen Rd.
6805 Corporate Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919

UCCS
In front of main entrance to Kraemer Family Library (by the FedEx drop box)
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
*NOTE: VSPC located on campus at Kettle Creek Room #108

Wilson Ranch Pool
Allegheny Dr. & Split Rock Dr.
2335 Allegheny Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Widefield Water & Sanitation District
Fontaine Blvd., between Powers Blvd. & Marksheffel Blvd.
8495 Fontaine Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80925
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