For Immediate Release
Contact: Ryan Parsell
(719) 520-7322 or (719) 351-9626 - cell
Please Help Black Forest Fire Victims Vote
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – October 17, 2013] Earlier this year the Black Forest Fire devastated a community and destroyed 489 homes. While the victims of that fire have much rebuilding to do, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is turning to the media to help reach these residents and make sure that a fire victim’s ability to vote doesn’t slip through the cracks.
Relying on the most up-to-date records available at the end of September the Clerk and Recorder’s Office mailed a letter to the residents of Black Forest displaced by the fire. This letter outlined the procedures to participate in the 2013 Coordinated Election. Other helpful information also was included. Unfortunately, a number of those letters were returned to our office as undeliverable, adding to our concern that those citizens might miss their opportunity to vote.
We respectfully ask that members of the media help the Clerk and Recorder’s Office communicate to Black Forest residents who are displaced. If a resident has not received a letter from our office, they should contact the Elections Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 575-VOTE (8683). Also, please provide these citizens with the following information:
Residency for Voting: If you are now living at a new residence which you consider your permanent address, please make changes to your voter registration on-line at www.GoVoteColorado.com.
If you are temporarily displaced from your permanent residence, but plan to return, you may remain registered to vote at that address. If you are living at a temporary home and have plans to return to your residence on record, you may want to consider adding a temporary mailing address to your voter record so that you timely receive the non-forwardable ballot. This may be done by completing by visiting www.GoVoteColorado.com.
In order to have the most time to complete your mail ballot, please make any changes to your address as quickly as possible. If you have additional questions not addressed in this letter, please contact the Election Department at (719) 575-VOTE (8683) or email us at email@example.com.
Document Replacement: If the fire has destroyed documents related to your deed, marriage license, or other applicable documents, please visit one of Clerk and Recorder offices for a replacement. Any fee typically charged for the replacement of recorded documents will be waived for you through 2013 if the document was lost in the fire.
“I understand that those people affected by the Black Forest Fire have many things on their mind right now,” said Wayne Williams, Clerk and Recorder. “We stand ready to do our part to help the victims of the fire in any way we can. We want every citizen affected by the fire to have the ability to vote in this fall’s election.”