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Primary voter registration deadline looms for elections

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Monday is the last day to register to vote in Colorado’s Aug. 12 primary election.

Summit County voters registered as “unaffiliated” who want to vote in a party primary will be able to declare themselves as Democrats or Republicans when they go to the polls in August.

But voters registered in one party who plan to vote in another party’s primary must change their party affiliation by the Monday registration deadline.

“If someone isn’t sure what they’re currently registered as, they may want to check our website,” Summit County election administrator Kathy Neel said.

Although all non-presidential office-seekers in both major parties will be listed on the primary ballot, only two primary races have more than one candidate ” both on the Democrat side.

In August, voters will choose from among three contenders vying for the right to represent the Democratic Party in the 2nd Congressional District race:

former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, Internet millionaire and former State Board of Education Chairman Jared Polis and conservationist Will Shafroth.

Democrat Mark Udall, who has represented the 2nd district since 1999, is running this year to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, leaving his House seat up for grabs.

Fierce competition among the three Democratic hopefuls has made the race one of the most expensive in the country, with campaign tactics more in line with a general election than with most primaries.

The district, which includes Summit, Eagle, Clear Creek, Grand and Boulder counties, as well as parts of several other Front Range counties, is expected to vote heavily Democratic in the November general election, making the August primary winner Udall’s probable successor in Washington.

Local Democratic primary voters will also have a choice of three candidates in the race to succeed term-limited Summit County Commissioner Tom Long.

Kerry Gibson, Jeff Leigh and Karn Stiegelmeier are all contending for the right to face Republican Peggy Long ” a current Silverthorne town council member and wife of incumbent Commissioner Long ” and Silverthorne independent Steve Swanson in the November general election.

The seat being vacated by Tom Long represents the county’s District 3, which includes Silverthorne, Heeney and most of Dillon Valley, but Long’s successor will be chosen by voters from the entire county.

In the other county commissioner race ” District 2, which includes Frisco, Copper, Summit Cove, Dillon and Keystone ” Democrat incumbent Thomas Davidson and Republican challenger Rick Amico are running unopposed in their respective primaries.

Mail-in primary voting starts next week, and early voting begins Aug. 4.

“We’re really encouraging people to vote early and vote mail-in,” Neel said.

The registration deadline for the November general election is Oct. 6.

How to register to vote in Summit County

Qualified citizens can register up to, and including, 29 days before an election

at the following sites:

* County Clerk offices at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge

* Driver’s license offices at County Commons near Frisco

* Any local town hall

* By mail-in registration (forms available on the county website)

Registration deadline for the Aug. 12 primary is Monday.

Registration deadline for the November general election is Oct. 6.

For more information, visit,

or call (970) 453-3479.

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