Politics: Census Count and Primary Ballots
Primary Ballots Mailed Out Beginning Today
Beginning today, February 10, Presidential Primary Ballots will be mailed out. Last year, Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis and Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced March 3, 2020 as the new date for Colorado’s presidential primary.
In order to meet that deadline, County Clerks across Colorado will be mailing out ballot packets for the primary beginning today. Clerks have until this Friday to mail ballots to registered voters.
“Today kicks off Colorado’s first Presidential Primary in 20 years, and the state’s first Presidential Primary ever in which unaffiliated voters can participate,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “As early as this week, Coloradans will begin to vote and make their voices heard in this historic election.”
Registered Republican and Democratic voters will receive the ballot of their party. Unaffiliated voters will receive both party’s ballots, but are only to vote and send back one. Voters who do not receive a ballot by February 19 should contact their county clerk.
“Super Tuesday will be here before we know it and this is a prime opportunity for Coloradans to raise our voices at the ballot box,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Colorado is known for our leadership on enhancing the rights of voters, for producing record voter turn-out and we hope all candidates recognize our state’s significance and make a real effort to inspire our voters directly.”
Voters will also have the opportunity to vote in person beginning on February 24 and continuing through Election Day on March 3 until 7 p.m. Colorado also offers same-day voter registration, allowing eligible Coloradans to register and vote on Election Day. Colorado is one of 14 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, meaning Coloradans will have a significant role in deciding who will run for president in the General Election on November 3.
This is also the first year that 17 year-olds will be able to participate in Colorado’s two primaries, the Presidential and the State Primary taking place June 30th, provided they turn 18 by the General Election on November 3. Colorado is one of just 17 states that allow this added level of accessibility.
In 2016, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 107, which restored primary elections in Colorado in presidential election years. The state was previously using the caucus system.
For more information on Colorado’s Presidential Primary and all upcoming elections, please visit www.sos.state.co.us. Coloradans can update and verify voter registration, register to vote online, or find their Voting Services Polling Center at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
2020 Census Begins in Lake County
In other voter-related news, residents will soon be seeing census takers in Lake County, if they haven’t already. According to a press release distributed to media outlets by the Lake County Office of Emergency Management on January 24:
“It is a constitutional and Legislative requirement to count the U.S. population every 10 years. Census efforts began JANUARY 16, 2020 AND CONTINUE THROUGH MARCH 30, 2020. All field representative census takers can be identified by their photo identification card as well as both a laptop and black canvas bag with the census log on it. They will go door to door to verify addresses and gather information on additional living quarters. They will not ask for social security numbers, money, or bank account information. If you have concerns about any representative, please call 911 to make a report.”