Primary in Garfield County to be by mail ballot |

Primary in Garfield County to be by mail ballot

John Stroud
Post Independent Staff
Glernwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado’s Aug. 10 primary election in Garfield County will be by mail ballot only.

However, any unaffiliated voter wishing to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary election may still do so, either by requesting a ballot before the election, or by aligning with a political party on election day, Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said.

In past polling place primary elections, unaffiliated voters have been allowed to declare a party affiliation at their local polling place on election day.

Election day affiliation can still be done, though only at the clerk and recorder’s offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, Alberico said.

Voters not already affiliated with a party who want to obtain a ballot for a specific party may also do so by requesting a ballot from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at least 30 days prior to the election.

And any voters currently registered with a political party who want to change party affiliation for the primary must do so by July 12.

The primary election this year includes races for U.S. Senate for both Democrats and Republicans.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is being challenged by former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, while the Republican primary race pits Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck against former Lt. Gov. Gale Norton.

Republicans will also decide between two candidates for governor, former Congressman Scott McInnis and Evergreen businessman Dan Maes. The winner will face Democratic candidate Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Another Republican primary pits state Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez against Steamboat Springs resident Bob McConnell for the 3rd Congressional District nomination. The winner would face incumbent Democratic Congressman John Salazar in November.

Party affiliation for this year’s primary is not limited to the Republican and Democratic parties, either. Multiple Libertarian Party candidates are vying for their party’s nomination to run for both Colorado governor and the U.S. Senate seat.

Libertarian candidates for governor are Jaimes Brown and Dan “Kilo” Sallis, and for the Senate race are Maclyn Stringer and John Finger.

July 12 is also the last day to register to vote in the primary election. Voters may register or change their party affiliation and other registration information online at

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