This is important: Don't use the postal service after June 20, this Wednesday, to return your June 26 primary ballot
, according to an announcement from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.
Ballots not received by 7 p.m. on Election Day won't be counted. Postmarked ballots that arrive after the deadline cannot be counted.
Rather, seek out one of seven Voter Service and Polling Centers
. There are 15 secure 24/7 ballot drop boxes throughout the county. All boxes are open until 7 p.m. Election Day.
Go to www.EPCVotes.com for a list and map of all ballot drop box locations.
And remember, if you are unaffiliated, you may receive both a Democratic and Republican ballot. You must only vote and return one ballot. If you return both, neither will count.
Here's some additional information about the primary election:
• All election results will be released from the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2201.
• Unofficial results will be released around the following schedule: 7:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and a final update when tabulation is completed. The first unofficial results release will reflect what has been counted through the majority of Election Day.
• Results will be posted online at www.EPCVotes.com
Results and the Possibility of a Recount:
•Unofficial election results may change slightly after the final post on election night. Some reasons for that include the fact that military and overseas ballots are afforded extra time for delivery after Election Day, and voters with signature or identification issues have time to resolve their issue. Voters in those categories have eight days after the election to resolve their issue or return their ballot.
• The Clerk’s Office will not “call” a race for a candidate or issue. Certainly some results will not be in doubt, but the Clerk’s Office does not consider results to be official until after the bipartisan canvass board validates the results.
• There is always the possibility of an automatic or requested recount. Under Colorado law, an automatic recount is only triggered when the vote margin between two candidates or an issue is 0.5 percent of the next closest candidate or issue result. This is not the same as there being a 0.5 percent margin between two candidates.
• Should an automatic recount seem possible, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office will release additional information about the process, cost, and recount timeframe.
Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman says his office expects a 35 percent turnout, noting the highest turnout for a primary election in the past drew 42 percent of registered voters.
The Colorado Secretary of State's Office reports that 425,377 votes have been cast in the primary election so far. Check out the party breakdown, along with the preference for Democrat or Republican ballots by unaffiliated voters on this chart
From the news release:
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today that so far 425,377 Coloradans have returned ballots for the primary election one week from today.
Of that total, 162,721 ballots were cast by Democrats, 166,529 by Republicans and 96,127 by unaffiliated voters.
This is the first primary election where unaffiliated voters are allowed to automatically participate. Previously, an unaffiliated voter had to declare to be a Republican or a Democrat within 30 days of the primary election in order to cast a ballot. In the last four primaries — in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 — a total of 39,831 unaffiliated voters participated in the primaries. Of that, 24,092 voted the Republican ballot while 15,739 voted the Democratic ballot.