Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Tuesday that he adopted an emergency rule outlining procedures for counting ballots in the Larimer County primary election and the Loveland city election. In a news release, the Secretary of State’s Office said the issue involves the City of Loveland election running in tandem with the county’s primary election. Due to the two elections, affiliated voters in Loveland received two ballots, with one to be returned to the city and one to be returned to the county. Voters must return both ballots by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The dual election has created confusion among some Loveland voters with county ballots being returned to the city and vice versa.
The Secretary of State’s Office said it learned Monday that county ballots returned to the city were discarded and not counted. Larimer County received approximately 40 Loveland ballots in county (white) envelopes, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.