The Colorado Secretary of State’s office adopted an emergency rule Tuesday that forces the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder to count Loveland special election ballots that come in a county primary envelope. As a result of the city of Loveland running its own election separate from the Larimer County primary election, affiliated voters in Loveland received two ballots — one encased in a blue envelope that needs to be returned to the city and one in a white envelope returnable to the county. Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers said last week that approximately 40 Loveland ballots that were received in Larimer County envelopes have been disqualified.
The Secretary of State’s Office issued a news release Tuesday that announced the emergency rule, which outlines new procedures for counting ballots in the primary election.
“These are important questions to the voters in Loveland and their voices deserve to be heard,” Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert stated in the release. “While we’re disappointed some of these ballots won’t be counted, hopefully this rule will preserve and count the rest of the ballots that were caught up in the confusions surrounding these dual elections.”