Here's what you need to know for the June Primary in Jefferson County

Column by George Stern
Posted 6/8/20

It may feel like the March presidential primary election just ended, but the June 30 state primary is already here. While the COVID-19 outbreak means election officials must take new safety …

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Here's what you need to know for the June Primary in Jefferson County

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It may feel like the March presidential primary election just ended, but the June 30 state primary is already here. While the COVID-19 outbreak means election officials must take new safety precautions, the good news is that nothing — not even a pandemic — will disrupt the Colorado elections model.

As always, the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s office wants to ensure that Jeffco voters have all the information they need ahead of Election Day. Here is the who, what, when, and where of the June 30 state primary.

Who?

If you are a Democrat, you will receive a Democratic primary ballot. If you are a Republican, you will receive a Republican primary ballot. If you are a Libertarian, you will receive a Libertarian primary ballot. If you are unaffiliated, you will receive both a Democratic and a Republican ballot, but you may only return one of the two.

Minor parties other than the Libertarian Party do not have a primary election, so voters registered with those parties are not eligible to participate in this election.

17 year olds are eligible to vote — and will receive a ballot if they are pre-registered — as long as they will be 18 by the general election on Nov. 3, 2020.

All citizens can register to vote or check or update their voter registration at VoteJeffco.com.

What?

The top race on the ballot is the U.S. Senate seat. For the major parties, the U.S. Senate race is followed by candidates for U.S. House, the state Board of Education and/or CU regent (depending on your district), the state legislature, district attorney, and county commissioner.

We have posted sample ballots for the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian primaries at VoteJeffco.com.

When?

Here are the key dates:

Saturday, May 16: We mailed ballots to all military and overseas voters.
Monday, June 1: Last day to change your party affiliation for this primary.
Monday, June 8: We mailed ballots to all active, registered voters and opened all drop boxes.
Monday, June 22: We will open in-person vote centers.
Tuesday, June 30: Election Day—we must receive your ballot by 7 p.m.

Where?

Drop boxes: Our 24-hour drop boxes remain the most efficient and secure way to return your ballot. Because more than 75 percent of our voters use them, we continue to use state dollars to add more (and many drop boxes don’t even require you to get out of your car!). Find the latest locations at VoteJeffco.com.

Mail: Voters may also use the U.S. mail to return their ballots. Please remember that postmarks do not count, so if you choose to mail your ballot, we recommend doing so at least eight days before Election Day.

Vote Centers: Fewer than 2 percent of our voters will need to vote in person. In light of COVID-19, we are taking special precautions with our in-person vote centers, including large sites for adequate social distancing, vote station cleaning between every voter, plexiglass dividing voters and election workers, and face coverings for all election workers. Find the latest locations at VoteJeffco.com. And in the meantime, you can help us reduce the number of voters who need to vote in person to almost zero by encouraging others to register to vote or update their registration right now at VoteJeffco.com so they can receive a ballot in the mail!

George Stern is the elected Clerk and Recorder for Jefferson County.

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