ELECTION RESULTS

For full local election results beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, visit dailycamera.com .


WHERE TO VOTE

Polling places:

To find out where you're assigned to vote in person, call 303-413-7740 or visit bouldercountyvotes.org .

Ballot drop-off:

Boulder: Clerk & Recorder's Office, 1750 33rd St.

Courthouse East Wing, 2025 14th St.

University Club, University of Colorado campus, 972 Broadway

Longmont: Clerk & Recorder's Office, 529 Coffman St.

Drive-up ballot collection, 500 block of Terry Street

Clover Building, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road

Lafayette: Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road

Louisville: Clerk & Recorder's Office, 722 Main St.

Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St.

Lyons: Town Hall, 432 Fifth Ave.

Nederland: Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North

Election centers:

Boulder: Clerk and Recorder's Office, 1750 33rd St.

University of Colorado campus, University Club, 972 Broadway

Lafayette: Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road

Longmont: Clerk and Recorder's Office, 529 Coffman St.

Clover Building, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road

Even as mail-in ballots and early voting have become more and more popular among voters, for some nothing replaces the experience of walking into a booth on voting day to make their voice heard.

Over 100 polling places around Boulder County opened their doors bright and early this morning at 7 as Election Day got underway.

While many people have already mailed in their ballots or were dropping them off at drive-through drop-off centers, some people still went out to cast their vote at their registered polling place.

"I enjoy the process, and my polling place is really close so coming out is not a big deal," said Cody Saint, who cast his vote at the Boulder Public Library on Arapahoe Avenue. "It's stereotypical, but voting is your right and duty as a citizen."

There were no lines at the library, so those who came out to the polls early were rewarded with a quick and pain-free voting experience.

"I was hoping if I came out early I would miss the lines, which I did," said Breanna Greene. "I have to work late, so I was kind of stressing out."

Megan Bresnahan also said she was grateful she didn't have to wait in a line, especially after seeing Facebook posts from some of her friends in the eastern U.S. who weren't as lucky.

"We're lucky we don't have lines," she said. "You hear horror stories of people waiting in lines for hours."

Bresnahan said she has voted in every election since she became eligible to vote, and typically goes out to the polls instead of mailing in a ballot.

"I sort of like voting on election day," she said. "Plus you get a sticker you get to wear all day."

Fellow voter Jan Stolpe also put a sticker on her shirt, and proudly patted it as she left the library knowing she had cast her vote.

"Yes, yes yes," she said when asked if she was grateful to have gotten her voting done early. She said she goes to the polls because for her it is easier than requesting a mail-in ballot.

"I work so many hours I just didn't have time to do that and then go through all the questions by mail," she said.

University of Colorado junior Hanna Reiss exited the University Club polling station at about 8:30 a.m. feeling accomplished after voting in her second presidential election.

Reiss said she purposely waited until Election Day to cast her vote because early voting is complicated and she did not want to risk losing her voice in an important race.

"I wanted to vote in person," Reiss said. "Knowing when and where to do the early voting is complicated so I just waited to make sure I voted at the right place."

Casting her ballot with other voters feels "more official," Reiss said, adding some excitement to her second voter experience.

"The first time is super exciting because it's the first time," Reiss said. "So I thought going to the polls today might make it feel a little more exciting this time since I've already voted once."

Whether because voters forgot to request a ballot or relish the experience of voting in person, Boulder County polling places will see many more people throughout the day as they exercise their right to vote.

"I think that's what makes us a democracy," Greene said. "If you don't vote, you don't have a right to complain."

Polling places, ballot drop-off sites and election service centers will be open across the county today until 7 p.m. To find out where you are registered to vote, go to bouldercountyvotes.org.