Mail-in voting begins Monday |

Mail-in voting begins Monday

Julie Sutor
summit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Beginning next week, Colorado citizens will have the opportunity to cast their votes in primary elections for local, state and federal offices.

The Summit County Clerk’s Office will mail out about 3,500 primary ballots on Monday to local voters who requested them. The ballots must be returned, by mail or in person, by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 10.

On the Republican ballot, voters will have the chance to weigh in on four primary races, including the contest between Ken Buck and Jane Norton for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination. Also on the G.O.P. ballot is the gubernatorial race between Dan Maes and Scott McInnis, who has come under fire recently for plagiarizing the work of a Colorado Supreme Court justice.

Democrats will decide between Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate race.

Libertarians have contested races for U.S. Senate and Colorado governor on their ballot.

Mail-in ballots in Summit County’s recent election have reached about 50 percent of total votes cast. About 25 percent of voters participate in early voting, and the final 25 percent vote on Election Day, according to Summit County Clerk Kathy Neel.

Turnout tends to be fairly low in primary elections, Neel said, but she hopes the ease of mail-in voting will boost participation.

“We seem to get more and more people signing up for mail-in voting, which is good,” Neel said.

Berrick Abramson, a spokesman for Romanoff’s campaign, said the mail-in voting option means campaigns must kick into high gear sooner, and for an extended period of time. Get-out-the-vote efforts like canvassing and phone banking will last for more than three weeks.

Bennet’s campaign will continue its existing outreach efforts, shifting its message slightly to one that’s more focused on getting people to the polls.

SDN reporter Julie Sutor can

be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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