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Colorado Primary Election June 28
The June 28th statewide primary election will determine the candidates running for office in the 2016 November election.
The primary is open to those registered voters in the Republican and Democratic parties. Unaffiliated (independent) voters may vote in the primary if they declare a political party affiliation up through election day. If you want to receive a ballot in the mail, you must affiliate by June 20th.
While Colorado primary doesn't include the race for president, it's still important to vote, as all other races will be up for grabs. Voters will choose candidates for U. S. Senate, U.S. House, all the State House seats and some State Senate seats.
Ballots will be mailed June 6-10 to registered voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party. You must returned your ballot to your county clerk by 7 p.m. June 28, primary election day.
For more information about the primary, and links to the county clerks' offices, click here.
Think Before You Ink
During this election season you will be asked to sign a variety of petitions ranging from taxes to tobacco. Don't sign without taking the time to read and understand the petition text, though the petition circulator may urge you to sign the petition quickly "just to get it on the ballot so people can vote on it." Does the text match what the petition circulator claims?
Be cautious. Your signature is valuable. The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties suggest that you consider these six questions to help you decide whether or not to sign a petition:
Is it Complex?Some issues can be decided by a simple yes or no vote. Complex issues may need additional questions answered and simply explained.
Is it Confusing?Some ballot proposals may require court resolutions or interpretation. Ask the circulator to explain the issue.
Does it belong in the State Constitution? If the issue passes and is placed in the state constitution, it will stay there forever. The only way it can be changed is by another vote of the people.
How will it be funded? An initiative should generally create its own revenue source and not earmark, restrict, or obligate a specific percentage of the state's General Fund revenues.
Who is behind it? Who are the sponsors and opponents? To research further, ask the petition circulator for the petition's name and number. Then go to the Colorado Secretary of State's Elections & Voting Proposed Initiatives web page.
Ask to see the petition circulator's ID. Paid gathers are required to carry a picture ID issued by the Colorado Secretary of State. You can prevent fraud by insisting on seeing identification.
Remember: Think Before You Ink
Colorado Statewide Ballot Issues Information Available
In addition to electing national and local candidates, voters will be asked to decide the fate of many statewide ballot issues this November, including those dealing with fracking, single payer health care, taxes, and liquor sales at grocery stores. In fact there are more than 24 issues proposed for this year's election. While not all the proposals will make the ballot, it's a sure thing the ones that do will require some late night study.
Tired already? We can help. The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties provides free, impartial information on the Colorado statewide ballot issues to community groups and organizations. Our presentations include:
Impartial summaries of each ballot issue
Pros & Cons
Informational materials, including online election resources
Audience Q & A
Online voter registration for members new to the community or needing to change address
This service is part of the League's ongoing voter service program and part of our organization's mission to educate and encourage voters to participate in the election process and exercise their right to vote.
Please contact us to schedule your ballot presentation. We suggest mid September to late October for this presentation, as that is when the ballot issues are certified by the Colorado Secretary of State. Contact Marlu Burkamp, 303-798-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org or Vicki Harimon, 303-770-8738, email@example.com.
TABOR Presentation Available
The slides from the TABOR presentation by the Colorado Fiscal Institute's Carol Hedges at the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Back to League event are available here.
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Last revised: June 23, 2016 06:08 PDT.