Colorado’s county clerks are gearing up to send out a record number of primary election ballots this week as the state’s unaffiliated voters — the largest voting bloc — get their first-ever chance to vote in a primary contest. But with that new opportunity for the more than 1.1 million active voters not tied to a political party — thanks to the 2016 passage of Proposition 108 — comes some new processes. And if they’re not careful, unaffiliated voters’ newfound ability to vote in a primary might not count.
“The main thing we want people to know is they can participate,” said Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. “Before, they couldn’t participate without affiliating with one party or another.”
County clerks will begin to mail out ballots June 4.