Fort Collins’ city election is Tuesday. Here’s how to vote, if you haven’t yet

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Fort Collins’ 2021 city election is on Tuesday, and it’s not too late to vote.

On the ballot this year is the city’s first open mayoral race in six years, four other City Council seats, five City Charter amendments and two ballot measures.

The City Clerk’s Office had received about 25,200 ballots as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, or about 77% of the total turnout in the 2019 election.

If you’re 18 or older and you’ve lived within Fort Collins city limits for at least 22 days, you’re eligible to vote in this election. Here’s how.

The full guide:Fort Collins election 2021: Get to know the candidates and the issues

I got a ballot in the mail. What do I do with it?

It’s too close to the election to put your ballot in the mail, but no fear — you just need to bring it to one of the city’s 12 ballot drop-off boxes by 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

A few of the locations include City Hall (300 Laporte Ave.), Fort Collins Senior Center (1200 Raintree Drive), Fort Collins Police Services (2221 S. Timberline Road, west end of the north customer parking lot), Harmony Library (4616 S. Shields St.) and the Larimer County Human Services building (1501 Blue Spruce Drive, median at east end of parking lot). For a full list, see fcgov.com/elections/ballot-return. The drop-off boxes are accessible 24 hours a day.

Be sure to put your ballot in the provided secrecy sleeve, place the secrecy sleeve in the larger envelope you received in the mail, seal it and sign it where directed. The City Clerk’s Office won’t be able to process your ballot if you don’t sign it.

I didn’t get a ballot or I need a new one. What do I do?

First, check your voter registration at govotecolorado.com. If you’re not registered, you can change that now and still vote in this election. If you are registered but didn’t receive a ballot, you might have an old address on file. You can fix that online.

Next, visit the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave., to get your ballot. The office will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Call the clerk’s office at 970-221-6515 if you need more help.

Where can I learn more about the candidates and ballot issues?

Check out the Coloradoan’s election guide for a rundown of each race, the charter amendments and ballot measures. Our candidate questionnaires are free for all to read. The guide also includes links to all our election coverage.

Print readers can find it at the top of Coloradoan.com.

The city also has a listing of everything on the ballot at fcgov.com/elections/election-2021-april-6. Be aware that non-mayoral council seats are elected by district, so you may not have a council seat other than the mayor’s race on your ballot, depending on where you live. The whole city gets to vote on the mayor, charter amendments and ballot measures.

Where can I get Election Day updates and results?

The Coloradoan will have live Election Day updates throughout the day at Coloradoan.com, with results and related stories posted after results are released by the city clerk’s office. The city plans to release results in one batch this year, so don’t expect any preliminary results to be available right after polls close.

Full results and analysis will be posted online Tuesday and Wednesday, with results and analysis running in print on Thursday, as the election will be completed after our 4 p.m. daily deadline.

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Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.