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Election FAQs – 2018 Primary Election



Who can vote in a Primary Election?

  • Voters affiliated with a major party: may cast a ballot for candidates of the party they are affiliated with.
  • Voters affiliated with a minor party: if there is a minor party contest those affiliated with that minor party may cast a ballot for those candidates.
    Note: There are no minor parties in Douglas County holding a June 2018 primary election.
  • Unaffiliated voters: An unaffiliated voter may cast a ballot for ONLY ONE political party. If an unaffiliated voter returns more than one voted ballot, none of the ballots will count.

Are parties required to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary election?
Major parties are required to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary. Minor parties, on the other hand, may refuse to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary. Contact your party for additional information or to confirm whether they are holding a primary election.

I am an unaffiliated voter. Do I have to choose in advance which party’s primary ballot to vote?
No, but you can if you want to. You have several options:

  1. You may choose which party’s ballot you want to get in the mail for the next primary election by selecting a party preference at govotecolorado.com or on a paper voter registration form.
  2. If you would rather receive a packet containing the ballots of all participating major parties, you can take no action or select this option when registering to vote or updating your voter registration.
  3. You can also appear in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county and choose the party’s ballot you want to vote.

Does selecting a ballot preference as an unaffiliated voter mean that I am joining that party?
No. An unaffiliated voter who selects a ballot preference in advance of a primary election will remain unaffiliated.

How long does my unaffiliated voter ballot preference remain in effect?
A ballot preference selection is good for only one election. So, if you select a ballot preference before the June 2018 Primary Election, that preference will be removed immediately following the 2018 primary.

If you still prefer to receive one party’s primary ballot following the June 2018 primary, you will need to select your preference again by visiting govotecolorado.com or by making the selection on a paper voter registration form.

I am unaffiliated and selected a preference to receive a minor party ballot. Why didn’t I receive that party’s ballot?
This could happen for two reasons:

  1. The minor party you selected is not conducting a primary election, or
  2. The minor party you selected is not allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in their election.

In either of these situations, you will receive a ballot packet containing the ballots of all major political parties. Vote and return ONLY ONE ballot; or you may contact the Douglas County Elections office or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to request a ballot from a different minor party that is participating in any given primary election.  Note: There are no minor parties in Douglas County holding a June 2018 primary election.

Does voting in a party’s primary as an unaffiliated voter mean that I am joining that party?
No. An unaffiliated voter who votes in a party’s primary will remain unaffiliated.

I am an unaffiliated voter. Why did I get two ballots sent to me during a primary?
Unaffiliated voters who did not select a ballot preference by May 29, 2018 will receive the ballots of both major political parties, one Democratic ballot and one Republican ballot.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Vote ONLY ONE ballot and securely dispose of the ballot you don’t use (e.g., shred, tear up, etc.)

Can I vote some races on one party’s ballot and some on the other party’s ballot?
No. An unaffiliated voter may cast ONLY ONE ballot for ONLY ONE political party. If you return multiple voted ballots, none of the ballots will count.

I am unaffiliated and received two ballots, what do I do with the ballot I don’t use?
Vote ONLY ONE ballot and securely dispose of the ballot you don’t use (e.g., shred, tear up, etc.)  

Why didn’t all the unaffiliated voters in my household receive two ballots?
Unaffiliated voters have the option to declare a ballot preference for a major political party in advance of the primary election. Unaffiliated voters who did not select a ballot preference by May 29, 2018 will receive the ballots of both major political parties, one Democratic ballot and one Republican ballot.

If I lost, damaged, didn’t receive, or made an error on my ballot, or wish to dispose of an unused ballot, what do I do?
Please contact the Douglas County Elections Office at 303-660-7444 or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center (June 18 – June 26, 2018, Monday through Saturday). Note: The last day to mail out a replacement ballot is June 18, 2018.

I don’t want any ballots sent to me. How do I opt out?
Currently there is not an opt-out option. Colorado is an all-mail ballot state and all active registered voters receive ballots for each election they are eligible to participate in.

For additional information or Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Colorado Secretary of State website.