With so much attention focused on the presidential election in November, there’s some confusion around Colorado’s primary election in June. Since ballots went out at the beginning of the month, Denver Elections Division has fielded more than 1,200 calls. “Everything from why you don’t see the presidential candidates on the June ballot to you didn’t send us a secrecy sleeve this year,” said Alton Dillard with the Denver Elections Division. Anticipating questions, he said they included an instruction sheet with every ballot — that also serves as a secrecy sleeve — and a notice explaining that Colorado doesn’t vote on presidential candidates in a primary. There are caucuses for that.
The Secretary of State’s Office is also hearing from voters. “Folks are very interested in this presidential year. They’re interested in being able to make their choice,” said Ben Schler with the Secretary of State’s Elections Division.
Schler said many voters are wondering why they didn’t get a ballot. Most Coloradans — more than a third — won’t receive a ballot because unaffiliated voters can’t participate in a primary.
“You can affiliate all the way up until Election Day in order to vote for either Republicans or Democrats, but you don’t have the ability to vote as an unaffiliated voter and you’re not going to receive a ballot in the mail,” he said.