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TXT2Cure Available for Colorado Voters

TXT2Cure Available for Colorado Voters this November’s Election

DENVER, Colo– Colorado voters will once again have the opportunity to fix ballot signature discrepancies using their smartphones for this November’s election using TXT2Cure, a successful initiative that was first implemented by Secretary of State Jena Griswold in 2020.

“Last year we launched TXT2Cure, a new technological advancement that makes it easier for voters to cure their signatures on their ballot,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Based on the incredible success of the program, I’m glad that Colorado voters statewide will again have the ability at their fingertips to correct ballot signature discrepancies this November. This innovative program helps ensure that every vote counts in our elections.”

With TXT2Cure, if a voter is notified by their county clerk of a signature discrepancy, all they have to do is text “Colorado” to 2VOTE (28638) and click on the link they receive as a reply. They will then enter their voter ID number printed on the rejection notice they receive from their county election office, affirm they returned a ballot for the election, sign the affidavit on their phone, take a photo of an acceptable form of ID, and select “Submit”. The voter’s information is then electronically transmitted to their county clerk, for processing during business hours. If the voter completes those steps before the deadline of midnight on November 10th, their ballot will be counted. County Clerks are required to notify voters if there is a signature discrepancy with their ballot.

During last year’s election, 11,085 ballots that otherwise may not have been counted, were cured or fixed using this technology.

For more information on Colorado’s 2021 Coordinated Election, please visit www.GoVoteColorado.gov.

Media Contact:
Annie.Orloff@ColoradoSOS.gov

Steve.Hurlbert@ColoradoSOS.gov

Baca County Coordinated Election Notice

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF BACA COUNTY COORDINATED ELECTION

November 2, 2021
BACA COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER
Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) and Drop-Off Location
Baca County Courthouse
741 Main Street, Suite 3, Springfield, Colorado 81073
719-523-4372
Regular Election Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – M-F: October 25 – November 1
Saturday, October 30, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 2, 2021: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

24/7 Drive-Up Drop Box

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 1-5-205, notice is hereby given that Tuesday the 2nd of November is a Coordinated Election that will be held in Baca County as an all-mail ballot delivery election.

Ballots will be mailed to each active registered elector the week of October 11 – 15, 2021 in accordance with C.R.S. Section 1-7.5107(3)(a)(I).

As soon as you receive your ballot you may return it the following ways:

  1. Drop your ballot off at the Baca County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 741 Main Street, Suite 3, Springfield, CO 81073.

  2. Place adequate postage on your ballot return envelope and mail it back.

Remember to allow enough time for mail delivery of your voted ballot. All ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s office by Election Day, November 2, 2021 by 7:00 p.m. in order to be counted, whether by hand delivery or mail delivery (Postmarks do not count), or

  1. Drop your ballot in the 24/7 Drive-Up Drop Box located in the Courthouse Driveway/Drive through, south side of the building (no postage necessary). Baca County Courthouse, 741 Main, Springfield, CO 81073. This option is highly encouraged for the easy access for the voters.

Election Services Provided: Election Services provided at Baca County Clerk & Recorder’s Office Voter Service and Polling Center: register to vote, update voter information, receive replacement ballots; return ballots; cast a ballot either by paper or electronic voting machine; cast a provisional ballot. On-line services are located at www.govotecolorado.com or contact the County Clerk at bacaclerk@bacacountyco.gov.

The Springfield RE-4 School District will have a race for a School District Directors, four-year terms. Two candidates may be voted for. The Walsh RE-2 School District will have Ballot Issue 4A on the ballot. The State has placed three State Ballot Measures: Amendment 78 (Constitutional), Proposition 119 (Statutory), and Proposition 120 (Statutory) on the ballot. Prowers County Hospital District has placed a board member term-limit question on the ballot. Appropriate blue books and TABOR notices have been sent. Sample ballots will be available on our web-site at www.bacacountyco.gov on the elections page under the Clerk and Recorder.

Notice of Proposed Budget

Notice is hereby given that the proposed budgets for Baca County, Baca County Pest Control District, Baca County Emergency Telephone Service Authority, and Department of Human Services have been submitted to the Baca County Board of County Commissioners for the ensuing year of 2022. Copies of such proposed budgets have been filed in the office of the County Commissioners where the same are open for public inspection. The proposed budgets will be considered at the regular meeting of the Baca County Board of Commissioners to be held at the Baca County Courthouse on Thursday October 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Any interested elector within said Baca County may inspect the proposed budgets and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budgets.

Dated: September 2, 2021
Baca County Board of County Commissioners
By (s) Cindi Parsons
Budget Officer

Concerning Vaccine Mandates

Download: Vaccine Mandate Resolution
Download: Resolution concerning Constitutional Rights

RESOLUTION No. 2021-07

A RESOLUTION CONCERNING VACCINE MANDATES

WHEREAS, the elected office holders in Baca County, Colorado swear an oath to uphold the US and State Constitutions; and
WHEREAS, there is no Constitutional authority to restrict individual unalienable rights; and
WHEREAS, Baca County respects the unalienable right of citizens to make their own choices concerning their healthcare, bodies, and well- being; and
WHEREAS, demanding employees divulge their personal medical information invades their protected right to privacy, and discriminates against them based on their perceived medical status, in contravention of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ( 42 USC § 12112( a).); and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Baca County are tasked with protecting the employees of Baca County from unreasonable orders and with providing a cooperative and productive working environment; and
WHEREAS, Baca County does not have the resources to enforce State and Federal Mandates, and does not intend to use its very limited resources to enforce any vaccine mandates issued by either the State of Colorado or the United States Federal government, and would encourage all elected officials to refuse to require or to enforce the same.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners of Baca County go on record to oppose vaccination as a condition of employment for County employees.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of declare that it has no intention of using limited county resources to enforce any vaccine or mask mandate, and would encourage all elected officials to refuse to require or enforce the same.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF BACA COUNTY, COLORADO

Vaccine Clinic – June 25th, 2021

Download: COVID-19 Vaccine Form
Download: Get Your Shot (Flyer)

The Baca County Board of Public Health, Baca County Public Health Agency, Southeast Colorado Hospital District will be holding a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Minnick Building at the County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 25th, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For the Moderna vaccine, you need to be 18 or older. The Pfizer vaccine is eligible for kids 12 and over. If you are between the ages of 12-18 and would like to receive a vaccine, please contact Baca County Public Health as we may be able to obtain doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the clinic.

There is a form that needs to be completed; having the form completed prior to arrival will help make things run more smoothly. You can receive the form from the Baca County Commissioner’s office or on our website at www.bacacountyco.gov; see “vaccine form.” Also, if you return your completed form to the Baca County Public Health Agency or Commissioner’s office prior to the clinic, we will have an idea how many residents to expect; note, the health assessment section should be completed after you arrive at the clinic.

If you have any questions, please call the commissioner’s office at 719.523.6532 or Baca County Public Health Agency at 719.523.6621.

Vaccine Clinic – June 4th, 2021

Download: COVID-19 Vaccine Form

The Baca County Board of Public Health, Baca County Public Health Agency, Southeast Colorado Hospital District will be holding a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Minnick Building at the County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 4th, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For the Moderna vaccine, you need to be 18 or older. The Pfizer vaccine is eligible for kids 12 and over. If you are between the ages of 12-18 and would like to receive a vaccine, please contact Baca County Public Health as we may be able to obtain doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the clinic.

There is a form that needs to be completed; having the form completed prior to arrival will help make things run more smoothly. You can receive the form from the Baca County Commissioner’s office or on our website at www.bacacountyco.gov; see “vaccine form.” Also, if you return your completed form to the Baca County Public Health Agency or Commissioner’s office prior to the clinic, we will have an idea how many residents to expect; note, the health assessment section should be completed after you arrive at the clinic.

If you have any questions, please call the commissioner’s office at 719.523.6532 or Baca County Public Health Agency at 719.523.6621.