Voters to start receiving ballots March 11

       Ballots for the April 5 city election will be mailed out from March 11 to 21 to all of the city's eligible, active voters - defined as those who voted in the November 2010 General Election or updated their registration after that date.
       However, inactive voters can still vote, continues a press release from Colorado Springs spokesperson Mary Scott. Those who did not vote in the November 2010 election but have no changes in their personal information (such as name or address) can pick up ballots starting March 17 at the City Clerk's Office, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day - April 5).
       Those needing to update their voter registration information can do so online at the El Paso County Elections website: car.elpasoco.com/election. If they get that done by March 7, they will receive their ballots in the mail, Scott said.
       After March 7, registered voters can only make updates in person at an El Paso County election office. This will allow them to pick up their ballots at the City Clerk's office between March 17 and Election Day (April 5) by bringing in proof of registration, she explained.
       A new voter who wants to vote in the city election must register by March 7. Registration can be done in person at an El Paso County election office or online at car.elpasoco.com/election. New voters registered by March 7 will receive a ballot in the mail.
       Anyone who is an eligible, active voter and does not receive a ballot in the mail by March 25 can pick one up at the City Clerk's Office.
       For ballots to be counted in the election, they must be returned (not just postmarked) by 7 p.m. April 5. An option to mailing in ballots is dropping them off at designated locations. The City Clerk's Office will start accepting ballots March 16; all other drop-off locations will start March 17.
       The only drop-off on the Westside is the Gold Hill Police Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
       For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 385-5114 or go to www.springsgov.com/election.

From a press release