JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY

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Voter registration deadline Tuesday

The deadline to register to vote in the 2012 presidential election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voters in Jefferson County will have a choice of casting a ballot by mail during early voting, Oct. 22 through Nov. 2, or on Election Day at their precinct polling place.

Voters registering after the Oct. 9 deadline will be registered but will not be eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election.

Voters can register to vote or update their voter registration information by visiting any of the County Clerk’s branch locations or by visiting GoVoteColorado.com or www.votejeffco.com.

Jefferson County Public Library sets records

More than 29,400 children, teens and adults signed up for Jefferson County Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Club, the most that have ever participated in this annual event. Of those who signed up, nearly 17,000 successfully completed the program. Children and teens who finished the program were entered to win a Kindle Fire and adults had the chance to win an iPad3. More than 13,000 kids and teens completed the club, and the number of adult finishers nearly tripled, with approximately 3,600 completing the program.

All children and teens who read for at least eight hours were rewarded with a free book of their choice.

Injury avoidance campaign begins

Jefferson County Public Health has introduced the Injury Prevention Program, focusing on preventing unintentional injuries, such as those associated with motor vehicle crashes and falls.

Jeffco Public Health is partnering with hospitals, child care providers, high schools and senior groups to increase awareness and education to decrease injuries among infants, teenagers and older adults in the county.

The program is currently focusing on safer sleep for infants, safer driving for teenagers and fall prevention for older adults.

Telephone town hall called a success

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners tried something different last week, holding a town hall meeting via telephone, instead of at locations in county regions, to gain public input about next year’s budget. Callers were invited to ask specific questions of the three county commissioners and to participate in several poll questions.

Last year the county held three community meetings, and had a total of 135 county residents attend. The phone-based town hall meeting Sept. 25 exceeded that number.

The phone town hall drew 7,038 participants, and polling during the meeting indicated that 55 percent said the experience was very valuable, with another 41 percent finding it at least somewhat valuable.