Arapahoe County's Republican Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty, running for county commissioner against Democrat Carrie Warren-Gully, has been granted her request to close several county buildings — including Department of Motor Vehicle centers and the county workforce center that assists job-seekers — on Election Day.
The Board of County Commissioners recently approved Doty's request to close six county buildings, most of them DMV centers, to free up parking for voters and to allocate county staff to accommodate anticipated heavy voter turnout on Nov. 6.
“We have limited parking around some of our buildings,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman. “Our number one goal is to have a successful election and adding parking problems for voters is not going to help us achieve that goal.”
Beckman said this is not the first Election Day where the county has opted to close buildings or limited certain services.
“We have always done this to some degree in the past, but this year is the most comprehensive.”
According to a press release, the county will close the Administration Building, CentrePoint Plaza and the Public Works and Development office at Lima Plaza.
County motor vehicle branch offices in Aurora, Byers, Littleton and Centennial will be open for election services, but will not process driver's license, automobile registration renewals or applications.
The building closures include:
• Administration Building at 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton (The Administration Building will be open, but all county services will be closed to the public except the Recording Division and Elections Division.)
• CentrePoint Plaza, 14980 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora. (Vote Center site)
• Public Works and Development at Lima Plaza, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, including Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Judicial Services and Open Spaces, will be closed to the public with the exceptions of election related services.
• Aurora Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 490 S. Chambers Road (open for election-related services only)
• Byers Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 538 N. Highway 36, Byers (open for election-related services only)
• Centennial Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 6954 S. Lima St., Centennial (open for election-related services only)
In addition, the Board of County Commissioners canceled the Nov. 6 public hearing and study sessions.
The Administration Building will serve as a drop-off site for mail-in ballots and CentrePoint Plaza and Lima Plaza will serve as Vote Center sites on Election Day. The Administration Building, CentrePoint Plaza and Lima Plaza will be open to the public for election-related services only. Recording services also will be available at the Administration Building.
All other county buildings, including the Sheriff's Administration and Coroner's Facility in Centennial and Human Services at Arapahoe Plaza in Littleton, will be open Nov. 6 to the public as normal.
County employees will work as scheduled and may help with election tasks if necessary, such as answering phones, directing citizens and processing mail-in ballots.
Because employees will be working the night, Motor Vehicle offices in Aurora, Byers, Centennial and Littleton will reopen to the public at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Douglas County will also be adjusting office hours and services, but no details have been released yet, according to County spokesperson Wendy Holmes. Denver County residents will not see an impact as its Motor Vehicle offices operate separated from the Clerk and Recorder.
“Citizens are not going to be happy if we complicate the election process with parking problems,” said Beckman. “This should help.”
For more information regarding hours or about the upcoming election, visit www.arapahoevotes.com or call 303-795-4511.