January 17, 2020
Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303.413.7766
Boulder County Elections begins Presidential Primary Education campaign
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Election Division has begun a voter education campaign that aims to inform voters about the upcoming new Presidential Primary, including pertinent deadlines, the ability of 17-year-olds (who will turn 18-years-old by Nov 3) to vote, and options for how unaffiliated voters can pre-select or cast a ballot.
Colorado will hold its first Presidential Primary Election in two decades on March 3, 2020 – Super Tuesday! Ballots for the stand-alone Presidential Primary are mailed to voters beginning Feb. 10. In order to participate, voters should know:
- Presidential primaries in Colorado are only held by the Democratic and Republican Parties. A voter must be registered as Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated to participate.
- Registered Democrats will receive only the Democratic Party ballot. Registered Republicans will receive only the Republican Party ballot.
- Unaffiliated voters will be mailed both party ballots but can only vote and return one. Up until Feb. 3, unaffiliated voters can also pre-select their ballot preference, if they wish, by updating their voter registration with a ballot preference. This will eliminate getting both party ballots in the mail.
- Feb. 3 is the deadline to switch party affiliation to vote in a different primary.
- ***NEW*** 17-year-olds who will turn 18 years old by the General Election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 – Can now VOTE in Primaries!
- There is no registration deadline. You can register and vote up to and including Election Day.
As part of the education effort, Boulder County Elections Division produced a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) about the process. The PSA can be found on our Boulder County Clerk YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/BoulderCountyClerk. This PSA will also be posted on the Elections Division website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Additional fun follow-up videos will also be posted, so subscribe to the YouTube channel or follow us on one of our social media accounts.
Additionally, the Elections Division is working closely with county partners and cities to make sure this information is shared in a variety of channels. The office will also be presenting about the upcoming Presidential Primary at various public forums and community events. We will publicize these events on our website and social media channels as they are scheduled.
Voters who need to register to vote or check the status of their party registration, mailing address, or other information, should visit www.GoVoteColorado.gov. For more information about the Presidential Primary Election, visit www.BoulderCountyVotes.org or call 303-413-7740.