June State Primary: Jeffco Adds More Voting Locations

Amber Fisher

LAKEWOOD, CO — The state primary is coming up, and Jefferson County has added more voting locations, officials said.

There are now 16 new 24-hour drop boxes available, according to the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office.

Few voters will need to vote in person, officials said. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, elections officials are taking special precautions with in-person vote centers. You can find the drop box and voter center locations here.

Voters can also use the mail to return their ballots. Postmarks do not count, so if you choose to mail your ballot, officials recommend doing so at least eight days before Election Day.

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Jeffco residents are encouraged to register to vote or update their registration at GoVoteColorado to receive a ballot in the mail, officials said.

Elections officials in Jefferson County have issued the following important information for voters:

  • 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.
  • You can register to vote or check or update your voter registration at GoVoteColorado.

Which seats are up for election?

  • 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.

Sample ballots for Jefferson County can be found here.

Important dates:

  • May 16: Ballots were mailed to all military and overseas voters.
  • June 1: Last day to change your party affiliation for this primary.
  • June 8: Ballots will be mailed to all active, registered voters and open all drop boxes.
  • June 22: In-person vote centers will be opened.
  • June 30: Election Day – ballots must be received by 7 p.m.

>> More information can be found at VoteJeffco.

This article originally appeared on the Lakewood Patch