Primary ballots in the mail

Drop-off locations open July 27 for Aug. 10 party elections

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— Ballots for the Aug. 10 partisan primaries were mailed Monday to registered voters as campaign season heats up in Routt County and across Colorado.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said voters registered with a political party should contact county officials if they haven’t received a ballot by next week.

The deadline has passed to register for the primaries or for registered voters to change their party affiliation. But voters registered as unaffiliated can affiliate with a party and request a ballot through the Aug. 10 election. Unaffiliated voters — there’s more than 6,400 of them in Routt County — can affiliate at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, or online through the county’s website. Call the Routt County Clerk Elections Office at 970-870-5558 with questions.

The Republican ballot offers the most contested primary races, including Routt County’s only contested primary — All Crimes Enforcement Team Cmdr. Garrett Wiggins is facing Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick for the chance to challenge incumbent Democrat Gary Wall in the November election for Routt County sheriff.

Also on the Republican ballot is the U.S. Senate primary between Ken Buck and Jane Norton; the U.S. House race between state Rep. Scott Tipton, of Cortez, and veteran Bob McConnell, of Steamboat; a bid for the Republican nomination for governor between former Congressman Scott McInnis, of Grand Junction, and businessman Dan Maes, of Evergreen; and a bid for the party’s nomination for state treasurer between J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton.

The Democratic primary ballot only has one contested race — the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Michael Bennet and challenger Andrew Romanoff, both of Denver.

The Libertarian primary ballot has two contested races: Maclyn “Mac” Stringer and John Finger are squaring off for the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, and Dan “Kilo” Sallis and Jaimes Brown are in a race for the governor nomination.

The Aug. 10 primary is an all-mail ballot in Routt County. Weinland said the last day to request a ballot by mail is Aug. 3.

Ballots for the Aug. 10 primary can be returned by mail or dropped off at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. Beginning July 27, ballots also can be dropped off during business hours at Yampa Town Hall and Oak Creek Town Hall in South Routt County, Hayden Town Hall in West

To Vote

Ballots for the Aug. 10 primary can be returned by mail or dropped off at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. Beginning July 27, ballots also can be dropped off during business hours at Yampa Town Hall and Oak Creek Town Hall in South Routt County, Hayden Town Hall in West Routt and at the Clark Store in North Routt.

Call the Routt County Clerk Elections Office at 970-870-5558 with questions.

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