Check first to avoid Election Day surprise

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Lots of people might be surprised when they see their ballots this year.

The majority of Arapahoe County voters are in one or more new districts or precincts than last time around because of redistricting, which happens every 10 years in an attempt to divvy up the population evenly. These changes affect federal, state and county offices.

So even though the clerk and recorder's office mailed out cards to every voter with their correct district and precinct numbers, some who weren't paying attention might have planned to vote for a candidate they no longer can vote for, and might not know much about the candidates in their new district.

For example, all of Littleton used to be in House District 26, currently represented by Republican state Rep. Kathleen Conti. She is being challenged by Democrat Donovan O'Dell.

But the changes resulted in many residents north of Littleton Boulevard now being represented by Democrat Rep. Daniel Kagan in HD-3. His challenger is Republican Brian Watson.

The moral of the story is: Do some homework now. Visit www.arapahoevotes.com and click on “My Voting Info” to find out for sure which candidates you'll be voting for. Colorado Community Media has been running profiles on all the races affecting the county, so keep up at www.ourcoloradonews.com.

Voters signed up for mail-in ballots should receive them this week. Others can cast a ballot at any of about 30 Vote Centers throughout the county, whether voting early or on Election Day, Nov. 6.