Originally published November 5, 2012 at 06:09p.m., updated November 6, 2012 at 12:40p.m.
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Steamboat Springs With Colorado’s nine electoral votes rated as a toss up heading into Tuesday's Election Day, the presidential race could hinge on voters here.
And here could mean Routt County.
After carrying Colorado with more than 53 percent of the vote in 2008, President Barack Obama’s lead in polling averages is less than 1 percent against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The close nature of the race has led to increased scrutiny and pressure in some of Colorado’s other 64 counties, according to the Denver Post.
However, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said the process here has been par for the course.
“It always matters,” Weinland said. “Presidentials are always pretty intense.”
As of Thursday afternoon, more than 2,000 early voting ballots had been cast. More than 5,000 mail-in ballots had been accepted. Thursday’s totals represented almost 50 percent of active voters in Routt County.
The total number of registered voters in Routt County is 18,930; of those, 14,487 are active.
In Colorado, 1.7 million people have already voted either in person or by mail-in ballot, according to the Associated Press. Of those who’ve voted, 35 percent were Democrats and 37 percent were Republicans. Colorado has 2.7 million voters.
In 2008, Obama won about 63 percent of the vote in Routt County against Republican John McCain.
Democrats and Republicans in Routt County are rallying volunteers for the final stretch.
“We’re definitely making get-out-the-vote efforts. It’s been ongoing the last couple months right up until Tuesday,” Dave Moloney, chairman of the Routt County Republican Party, said Thursday. “I would say local Republicans are engaged.”
Routt County Democratic Party chairwoman Catherine Carson said her organization has had hundreds of volunteers putting in time during the past couple weeks. Carson said volunteers have worked on get-out-the-vote drives, encouraged people to turn in their mail-in ballots and advised voters of their polling locations.
The group also will have poll watchers working on Election Day, as it typically does, Carson said. “It’s a community team to make sure things run efficiently.”
For those who have yet to vote, polling locations in Routt County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters with mail-in ballots can drop off completed ballots at any polling location while it’s open or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the downtown courthouse.
If voters with mail-in ballots want to vote in person, they must bring their mail-in ballots and surrender them at their polling location.
Mail-in ballots must be received before polls close Tuesday. Unlike overseas or military voters, postmarks do not count for regular mail-in ballots.
Voters who plan to head to the polls Tuesday can find their polling location at SteamboatToday.com/election or at www.vote411.org. If Routt County voters want to share wait times at polling locations Tuesday, they can fill out the form at SteamboatToday.com/howlong and view others’ submissions. Share information about Election Day in Routt County on Twitter with the hashtag #RouttVotes. Follow updates from the Steamboat Today on Twitter at @SteamboatPilot.
Lines at Steamboat's two downtown polling locations were virtually non-existent as of midday Tuesday. Steamboat resident Cari Hermacinski, an election volunteer who was manning the check-in table at the Courthouse Annex polling place, said the stream of voters Tuesday morning was "slow but steady." Similar reports were made from polling locations at Centennial Hall and Mountain Resorts in Steamboat and Oak Creek Town Hall in South Routt County.