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Primary Election FAQS

What are the important dates for the Primary Election?

What is the difference between the Presidential Primary Election was held on March 3, 2020, and the Primary Election on June 30, 2020?

Who can vote in the Presidential Primary Election and Primary Election?

Are parties required to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary election?

I am an unaffiliated voter. Do I have to choose in advance which party’s primary ballot to vote?

Does selecting a ballot preference as an unaffiliated voter mean that I am joining that party?

I am unaffiliated and selected a preference to receive a minor party ballot. Why didn’t I receive that party’s ballot?

I selected a ballot preference last primary election and received that party’s ballot. Why didn’t I get that ballot again this primary election?

Does voting in a party’s primary as an unaffiliated voter mean that I am joining that party?

I am an unaffiliated voter. Why did I get two ballots sent to me during a primary?

How do I vote in a minor party’s primary election if I am unaffiliated?

How old do I have to be in order to vote in the Primary Election?

What political parties are recognized in Colorado?

 

What are the important dates for the Primary Election?
Ballots will be mailed to Democratic, Republican, and unaffiliated voters in Douglas County the week of June 8-12, 2020. Ballot drop box locations open beginning June 8 through 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 30, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open beginning June 22 through 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 30, 2020.

What is the difference between the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2020, and the Primary Election on June 30, 2020?
The presidential race was the only contest on the Presidential Primary ballot in March.

All other federal, state and local races with more than one qualified candidate per party will be included on the Primary Election ballot in June.

The nominated candidates from each party’s Presidential Primary and Primary Election ballot will be placed on the November General Election ballot. The winner of the November General Election will hold office.

Who can vote in the Presidential Primary Election and Primary Election?

  • Voters affiliated with a major party, Republican or Democrat, may cast a ballot for candidates of the party you are affiliated with. If you are a registered Republican or Democrat, you will receive only your party’s mail ballot for the Presidential Primary Election and Primary Election.
  • If there is a minor party contest, voters affiliated with that minor party will receive their party’s mail ballot and may cast a ballot for those candidates.
  • Unaffiliated voters may cast a ballot for any one political party. Unaffiliated voters will receive a ballot for BOTH major parties (Democratic and Republican) in their mail packet. Unaffiliated voters may vote ONLY ONE ballot and must securely dispose of the ballot they do not use (e.g., shred, tear up, etc.) If an Unaffiliated voter returns multiple voted ballots in the same envelope, none of the ballots will count. Voting a party’s primary ballot will not affiliate you with that party, you will remain registered as unaffiliated.

If you wish to make changes to your party affiliation you can update your voter registration at  govotecolorado.gov.

Are parties required to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary election?
Major parties are required to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in a primary. Minor parties, on the other hand, may refuse to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary.

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:

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.gov or on any paper voter registration form.

If you would rather receive a packet containing the ballots of both participating major parties, you can take no action or select this option when first registering to vote.

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.

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:

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

In either of these situations, you should receive a ballot packet containing the ballots of both major political parties. You may vote on and return one of these ballots, or you may contact your County Clerk’s office or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to request a different minor party’s ballot.

I selected a ballot preference last primary election and received that party’s ballot. Why didn’t I get that ballot again this primary election?
A ballot preference selection is good for only one election. So, if you select a ballot preference before the June 2018 primary, that preference will be removed before the next primary in 2020. If you still prefer to receive one party’s primary ballot, you may select your preference again at any time by visiting  govotecolorado.gov or by making the selection on any paper voter registration form.

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. However, the primary that you vote in will be a public record (but not how you voted).

I am an unaffiliated voter. Why did I get two ballots sent to me during a primary?
Most unaffiliated voters will receive the ballots of both major political parties during a primary election. This allows an unaffiliated voter to choose which party’s primary they will vote in.  Unaffiliated voters may only return one party’s ballot. Returning two voted ballots will result in neither ballot counting.

How do I vote in a minor party’s primary election if I am unaffiliated?
You have two options:

  • You may select a ballot preference for the minor party’s election that you would like to vote in at govotecolorado.gov or on any paper voter registration form.
  • You may contact your local County Clerk’s office or visit any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county and request that minor party’s ballot.

Keep in mind that the minor party you select may not hold an election or may not allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their election.

How old do I have to be in order to vote in the Primary Election?
Every person who is seventeen years of age on the date of the Primary Election and who will be eighteen years of age on the date of November 3, 2020, General Election is entitled to vote in the Primary Election. Seventeen-year-olds who meet these criteria and are pre-registered to vote will receive a ballot by mail. Seventeen-year-old’s who will be eighteen years of age on the date of November 3, 2020, General Election and who are not pre-registered, may register to vote at  govotecolorado.gov or by visiting a Voter Service and Polling Center through 7 p.m. on Election Day.

What political parties are recognized in Colorado?
 A list of the current Colorado political parties is available here.