Primary offers no choices for voters, but still chance to make statement
Although next week’s statewide primary election has no directly competitive races, it likely will be used to gauge party strength in different areas, Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf said.
In most election years, primary elections are used to determine which candidate in a party will go on to represent that party in the general election held in November. But this primary is different in that regard because each candidate already has been chosen as the party’s main candidate for his or her prospective office, so no such decisions need to be made.
But the election does still serve a purpose, Alsdorf said.
“I think primarily, people want to exercise their right to vote,” she said.
Also, Alsdorf said, the election will be used to get a glimpse of the strength of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
“They will, more or less, show them the strength of the party out there – for different candidates it will show their party’s strength,” she said.
Alsdorf also wanted to let voters know that she combined polling places across the county.
“I have a polling place in each town,” Alsdorf said.
Garfield County precincts 1-4 will vote at Carbondale Town Hall; 5-12 will vote in room 301 at the Garfield County Courthouse; 13-15 will vote at New Castle Town Hall; 16-18 at Silt Town Hall; 19-23 at Rifle City Hall; and 24-27 at Parachute Town Hall.
The polling places were combined to save on election costs, Alsdorf said.
“We’re doing early voting in the office through Friday at 5 p.m.,” she said.
Local candidates on the ballot include District 1 Garfield County commissioner candidates Tresi Houpt (D) and incumbent Walt Stowe (R); Garfield County sheriff candidates Lou Vallario (R) and incumbent Tom Dalessandri (D); Garfield County treasurer candidates incumbent Georgia Chamberlain (D) and Cheryl Chandler (R); District 57 state representative candidates Terry Carwile (D) and incumbent Al White (R); District 61 state representative candidates Rick Davis (D) and incumbent Gregg Rippy (R); Garfield County coroner candidate William Trey Holt (R) and, of course, Garfield County clerk and recorder Mildred Alsdorf (R).
Polls open Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.
“A lot of people feel if they don’t vote in the primary, they can’t vote in the general election. That’s absolutely wrong,” Alsdorf said.
If anyone has any questions on their precinct, voting eligibility or anything else, Alsdorf encourages them to call her at 945-2377, extension 1820. Downvalley residents can call 285-7972, extension 1820.
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