Saguache News – June 18
Postmarks Don’t Count in Colorado
By Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Saguache County Voters: Postmarks don’t count in Colorado! If you are returning your ballot by mail, use 2 stamps and mail before June 18, so your county clerk RECEIVES them by June 26.
After today, June 18, take them to the county outside ballot drop-off location (not a USPS mailbox), which will be open from June 22nd until 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 26.
The 24-hour ballot drop box is located in the south parking lot at the courthouse (501 4th St) in Saguache.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that as of June 12, 2018, so far 134,038 voters have returned ballots for the June 26 primary election.
The data is broken down by gender, county and party and, for the first time ever, includes the number of unaffiliated voters who have turned in ballots.
So far, 55,584 Republican ballots (not affiliated Republican voters), 78,199 Democratic ballots and 25,502 envelopes from unaffiliated voters have turned in ballots.
Voters, in 2016, approved Proposition 108, which automatically allows unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections without affiliating with a particular party. Williams in March launched the UChooseCO campaign to remind unaffiliated voters they will receive two ballots but they can only vote one. If they vote both the Republican and Democrat ballot neither one will count.
This is the first primary election where unaffiliated voters are allowed to automatically participate. Unaffiliated voters who expressed a preference for a Republican or democrat ballot were sent that party’s ballot, but those who did not were sent both ballots. Again, only vote one. If you vote both, neither ballot will count.
The turnout totals do not indicate whether an unaffiliated voter picked a Republican or Democratic ballot.
Also, the statistics show that either no ballots or a small number of ballots have been turned in for some smaller counties but that’s because the ballots have yet to be processed. Their numbers also do not reflect ballots put in 24-hour drop boxes over the weekend, but those ballots will be reflected in Tuesday’s report.
Here is turnout data for the last decade:
2016 644,723 ballots cast / 3,015,250 active voters = 21.38% turnout
2014 634,181 ballots cast / 2,903,612 active voters = 21.84% turnout
2012 530,119 ballots cast / 2,231,484 active voters = 23.76% turnout
2010 774,071 ballots cast / 2,391,825 active voters = 32.36% turnout
2008 488,130 ballots cast / 2,223,503 active voters = 21.95% turnout