KBUT is your source for election coverage in the Gunnison Valley.

The 2020 Election is already set up to be one of the most significant events of its kind in American history.

Here in Colorado, voters will decide on 11 ballot measures, a contentious Senate race, and Congressional District 3 race that’s garnered national attention.

Gunnison County voters will choose either to stay with incumbent Democrats, or elect a more conservative class of candidates born out of discontent with government overreach during the height of the COVID19 pandemic.

KBUT is the one place where you can find coverage on every issue and race. Whether its our partnerships with NPR and Capitol Coverage, our broadcasts of local debates, or our live conversations with local leaders on Community Matters, we’re here to keep you informed before November 3rd.

Below you’ll find…

  • Voting guides
  • A Debate Schedule
  • All of our stories on the 2020 Election

Candidates, Issues, and more…

 Voting in Gunnison County – What You Need to Know

Kathy Simillion (left) is the Gunnison County Clerk and Recorder, and Diane Folowell (right) is the Director of Elections. In this interview, they talk about mail-ballots, voter safety and security, and holding an election during a pandemic. They also talk about polling places, and what to do if you lose your ballot or make a mistake. Everything you need to know about making your vote counted in 2020!

Listen to the whole interview here.

This was originally broadcast on KBUT's Community Matters.

What goes into counting your vote?

Diane Folowell walks us through the steps taken to provide security and secrecy to voters

What's a VSPC?

Kathy Simillion tells us they used to be called precincts. It stands for Voter Service and Polling Center.

What happens if I lose or make a mistake on my ballot?

It happens. But don't worry, Diane Folowell can help.

I want to vote in person. Will it be safe?

Diane Folowell talks COVID19 and voting.

What's up with voter fraud? Should we be worried? What have you seen?

Diane Folowell says voter fraud is rare, if not non-existent in Gunnison County, especially since the implementation of mail-ballots.

Ballots will be mailed out beginning the week of October 9, 2020.  We encourage you to vote your mail ballot and drop off at one of our secure 24 hour secure drop boxes.  All drop boxes are under 24 hour video surveillance. 

Voter Service and Polling Center Information

BLACKSTOCK GOVERNMENT CENTER
221 N. Wisconsin St., Gunnison
2 boxes located at the south end of parking lot
Monday through Friday Oct. 19 – Oct. 23 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday Oct. 24 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Monday through Friday Oct. 26 – Oct. 30 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday Oct. 31 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Monday Nov. 2 – 8:00AM to 5:30PM
Tuesday Nov. 3 (ELECTION DAY) 7:00AM to 7:00PM
24 HOUR DROP BOX AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTH END OF THE PARKING LOT

QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS PARISH HALL, 405 Sopris Ave., Crested Butte
Friday Oct. 30 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday Oct. 31 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Monday Nov. 2 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday Nov. 3 (ELECTION DAY) 7:00AM to 7:00PM

24 HOUR DROP AVAILABLE AT CRANK’S PLAZA, 507 Maroon Ave., Crested Butte

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY 1 Western Way, Gunnison
Student Service Center, south entrance on lawn
Monday Nov. 2 – 8:00AM to 5:30PM
Tuesday Nov. 3 (ELECTION DAY) 7:00AM to 7:00PM
24 HOUR DROP BOX AVAILABLE AT STUDENT SERVICES CENTER, SOUTH LAWN

ADA accessible voting machines are available at any VSPC listed above.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Anyone wishing to register or change their voter registration information may do so by coming into the Clerk & Recorder’s office located at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison during the business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by phone at 970-641-7927 or at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

County Commissioner Debate Schedule

Candidates, Issues, and more…

The local election season kicks into high gear this week as the four candidates for County Commissioner will have three of four debates. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle speaks with Community Matters co-host Chris Rourke for a rundown on debate schedules, candidates, and likely issues.

Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors County Commissioners Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm.

Virtual event only. Register with the Chamber.


 

 

 

County Commissioners Debate

Thursday, October 8 at 6pm.

LISTEN HERE!


 

 

 

Candidate’s Forum

Live at the Center for the Arts Crested Butte on Sunday, October 11 at 6pm.

Rebroadcast Monday, October 12 at 6pm on…


Western Colorado University Politics Club Candidate’s Forum

Thursday, October 15 at 6pm

Virtual event.

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