Election Day: Turn ballots in by 7 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Tuesday is Election Day, and ballots need to be turned in by 7 p.m. in order to count.

According to El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, more than 109,000 ballots had been returned by Monday.

“El Paso County’s leading the way in ballots that have been turned in thus far, so we are in a very prestigious situation,” he said.

According to Broerman, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office mailed out about 420,000 ballots to registered voters. He’s expecting 165,000 to be returned, which would be about a 40 percent voter turnout.

“It is too late at this point to put it in the mailbox and have the mailman deliver that to us,” Broerman said about people’s unreturned ballots. “You must go to one of our 26 drop boxes that we have around the county for you to drop them off.”

If you are not registered to vote and want to make your voice heard, you still have time. As long as you have been a resident of El Paso County for 22 days, you can go to one of the seven Voter Service and Polling Centers in the county to register to vote.

A list of ballot drop-off sites and polling centers can be found here.

Once the election closes at 7 p.m., results will start trickling in around 7:15 p.m.

“Throughout the night, every 45 minutes to an hour, we will update those results,” Broerman said.

Before you drop off your ballot, make sure to sign your ballot envelope. If you made a mistake on your ballot and want to change your vote, you should draw a line through the selection you want to change, then fill in the oval of your correct choice and circle it.

“Our machines will be able to ascertain what you had really intended to vote,” Broerman said.

11 News will have full election coverage. You can also find election results here.