Summit County Clerk reminds voters to pick party before primaries |

Summit County Clerk reminds voters to pick party before primaries

Joe Moylan

Friday, May 23, marks the deadline for local residents to change or withdraw their affiliation with a political party before the June 24 primary elections.

Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail. On June 2, the Summit County Election Office will mail primary ballots to all Summit County voters affiliated with a political party. Unaffiliated voters will not automatically receive ballots in the mail; they must first affiliate with a political party.

“Colorado’s mail-ballot system is still relatively new, so some voters may be unfamiliar with the processes and time lines,” said Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel in a news release. “If you’re planning to participate in a primary election, it’s important to verify that you’re affiliated with a party and that your mailing address is up to date.”

Unlike affiliated voters, who have until Friday to change or drop their party affiliation, unaffiliated voters may declare affiliation with a political party at any time before or on Election Day by visiting the Summit County Election Office, located in the Summit County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge. In Colorado, only voters affiliated with a party may participate in that party’s primary election.

Residents wishing to vote in the primary election in person, rather than by mail, may do so beginning June 16 at the voter service and polling centers, which will be located at the Summit County Courthouse. Voters may also submit their ballots in person on Election Day at the County Commons in Frisco or the Silverthorne Pavilion.

Residents are encouraged to verify their mailing addresses and party affiliations before Friday’s deadline. Visit or call the Summit County Election Office at 453-3479 to register to vote; to verify, withdraw or change your party affiliation; or to verify or change your mailing address.

This year, Republicans Scott Gessler, Mike Kopp, Tom Tancredo and Bob Beauprez are participating in the only contested primary in their bids to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper.

All other local, state and national races on the Summit County Republican, Democratic and American Constitution primary ballots are uncontested.

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