The Office of the Clerk and Recorder has sent approximately 4,400 Primary Election ballots to El Paso County voters who are military (including dependents) currently living outside of the state and others who due to their circumstances are living out of the country.
Depending on precinct, the 2020 Primary Election ballot content will contain contests for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, State Senate, State House and, County-wide offices District Attorney, and Commissioner Districts Two, Three and Four.
“We’re committed to ensuring that the men and women serving our country who are out of the state, or citizens living overseas, have the extra time they need to vote in each election,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ensures my office complies with the federal statutory deadline set forth to serve our men and women in uniform and overseas voters who need more time to vote. I am proud that our office continues to meet this crucial election deadline.”
UOCAVA voters have an extended opportunity to return their ballot to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Whereas local voters must return their ballot by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (June 30) to count, UOCAVA ballots postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day will count if they arrive as late as eight days after the election. The postmark is counted as valid only on UOCAVA ballots, and not for local voters.
“I also encourage all voters to check their voter registration file and their affiliation now to make sure everything is in order and they do not miss deadlines. By taking the time to check your information, you will make sure your voice is heard in this Primary Election,” said Clerk Broerman.
Unaffiliated voters can choose which political party’s primary ballot they would like to receive, Republican, Democratic or Libertarian by June 1 at GoVoteColorado.gov. If a voter does not choose a party preference, they will receive both major parties’ ballots, Republican and Democratic. It is very important the voter returns only one ballot. If both ballots are voted and returned, neither will be counted.