Friday is last day to change party affiliation for primary
May 23, 2012
Voting by mail
The June 26 primary election will be an all mail ballot election. Active registered voters who are affiliated with a major political party will be sent a ballot for their party’s primary election beginning June 4. Voters who did not vote in the 2010 general election or who changed their mailing address without updating their voter record won’t automatically receive a ballot.
Any qualified, affiliated voter who does not receive a ballot in the mail may request one at the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 522 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs.
■ Visit http://www.co.routt.co.us and click on “Clerk and Recorder” and then “Elections.”
■ Confirm or update voter registration at http://www.govotecolorado.com.
Steamboat Springs — Registered voters who want to change their party affiliation in order to vote in one of the contested Republican races in the June 26 primary election have until Friday to do so.
There are two contested Republican primary races of interest to Routt County voters — the three-way race for County Commissioner District 1 and the two-way race for the newly redistricted Colorado Senate District 8.
Republicans Tony Stich, Brita Horn and Moose Barrows are all vying to replace veteran District 1 Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who is not seeking another term.
Incumbent state Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, is being challenged by state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, in their party's primary for Senate District 8.
Democratic candidates for local races are unopposed.
Routt County Chief Deputy Clerk Sherry Wofford said Wednesday that voters can change their affiliation in person in the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse before 4:30 p.m. Friday. Voters also can go online and change affiliation at http://www.govotecolorado.com by clicking on the link for a paper voter registration form under the heading "Already registered?" and confirming their registration before changing their affiliation. To make the change online, voters must have a driver's license or a Colorado ID card issued by the Department of Revenue, Wofford said, because officials must be able to view the voter's signature.
Voters who are not registered to vote and want to take part in the June 26 primary voting have until Tuesday to register, Wofford said.
Colorado voters who recall voting in primary elections in August aren't mistaken. This is the first June primary since the state Legislature moved up the date with the passage last summer of a new law. One result of the new date is that candidates who prevail after a stiff primary challenge will have more time to raise campaign funds and unite their party behind their candidacy.
Although it's not necessary in order to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, voters who changed their affiliation for the primary election will have until Oct. 9 to change it again.
People who are registered voters but are unaffiliated may declare an affiliation any time up to and including Election Day, Wofford said. However, on Election Day, they must come in to her office in the courthouse to do so.
Voters registered as Democrats, American Constitution Party members and Libertarians also will receive ballots for their party primaries although the candidates are unopposed, Wofford added.
The Nov. 6 general election will be a polling place election with mail ballot and early voting options available to all eligible voters.
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