Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has rolled out a campaign intended to help unaffiliated voters correctly fill out their ballots in the June 26 primary election.
Unaffiliated voters can ask to receive a Republican or a Democratic ballot. Voters who don't state a preference and get both ballots in the mail can only return one marked ballot -- if they vote both, the ballots will be rejected.
"Coloradans in 2016 allowed unaffiliated voters to automatically participate in primary elections," Williams said. "We want to make sure those votes count.
"Unaffiliated voters through early May can go to www.govotecolorado.com and choose a Republican or a Democratic ballot. If an unaffiliated voter can give a preference in advance by visiting www.govotecolorado.com their ballot packet will cost the county 62 cents instead of $1."
As of the end of March, 29,484 of Colorado's 1.4 million unaffiliated voters have indicated a preference. Of that, 54 percent asked for a Democratic ballot and 40 percent a Republican ballot. The rest asked for minor-party ballots but if there is no minor-party primary they will get both a Republican and Democratic ballot.
The measure has no impact on Republicans or Democrats, who will receive a primary ballot with their candidates' names.
Visit UChoose.co.gov for additional information.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.