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Larimer County Mail-In Ballots Go Out Early For Flood Victims

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Mail-in ballots from Larimer County (credit: CBS)

Mail-in ballots from Larimer County (credit: CBS)

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The flooding is affecting the election in parts of Colorado and Larimer County officials want to make sure voters who lost their homes can still cast their ballot next month.

This Nov. 5 is a mail-in ballot only election, which means voters need an address to get their ballots. This year the rules have changed to make it possible for those displaced to still cast their ballot.

Ballots for those affected by the flood in Larimer County were mailed out one week early in hopes of reaching those who no longer have a home address.

“The reality is that these flood folks have a lot bigger fish to fry and a lot bigger things they’re thinking about than election,” said Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder.

Nearly 10,000 people in Larimer County, along with Lyons and Estes Park, have been forced to relocate.

“We requested specifically from the Secretary of State to allow us to mail the ballots early to our folks that are flood affected,” Myers said.

Election mail ballots cannot be forwarded. The advanced mailing gives the clerk’s office more time to contact relocated voters, giving them time to take action before Nov. 5.

“If we can make it as worriless as possible, we want to do that,” Myers said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for them.”

Those who have been forced to relocate should call the Elections Office with change of address information.

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