A 30 to 35 percent voter turnout for the 2014 primary mail ballot election June 24 is still the prediction from Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno, a number that would surpass the turnout of the previous two
With the election just nine days away, the number of ballots cast as of Friday, according to elections coordinator Rudy Santos, were:
» Democrats (32,915 ballots sent; 3,649 returned for 11 percent turnout)
» Republicans (53,170 ballots sent; 8,792 returned for 17 percent turnout)
» American Constitution (454 ballots sent; 35 returned for 8 percent turnout)
Of the 86,539 ballots sent, 12,476 have been returned for a 14 percent turnout thus far.
To participate in the election, a voter must be affiliated with the American Constitution, Democratic or Republican parties.
Unaffiliated voters may affiliate at any time before and through June 24 to participate in the primary election. To vote, a person must be a resident of Colorado for 22 days or more. Go to www.govotecolorado.com to verify if you are registered to vote.
“In 2010, we had about a 27 percent turnout in the primary. In 2012, it was a 22 percent turnout,” Moreno said. “I think we’re going to have a little bit higher. I think we’ll get into a 30-35 percent turnout.”
Moreno said he’s basing his predicted increase on the many contested races in the Republican Party. That’s not the case with the Democrats, where that ballot has no contested races and those voting will be doing so more as a show of support for their candidate.
“We have the federal office, and county office and the state office races,” Moreno said, “when you look at three people running from Weld County for House CD4 (Barbara Kirkmeyer, Scott Renfroe and Ken Buck), and House District 63 with Lori Saine and Bruce Sparrow running and the commissioner race going county wide and the clerk’s race (Tony Trevino and Carly Koppes) county wide.”
Not to mention the sheriff’s race between Steve Reams and Keith Olson.
“I think there is a little more interest to vote a little bit more than what we saw in the past,” said Moreno, who is running in the Weld commissioner at-large race against Lyle Achziger. “Contested races seem to draw a little bit more attention.”
According to the Weld clerk and recorder’s office, voters will be able to visit a voter service and polling center to drop off ballots, vote in person, obtain a replacement ballot, register to vote or update voter registration.
Three voter service and polling centers will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning today through June 23 in Greeley at the Weld County Training Center, 1104 H St.; in Longmont at the Southwest Weld Office in Del Camino, 4209 County Road 24 1/2; and in Fort Lupton at the Southeast Weld Office in Fort Lupton, 2950 9th St.
Five drop-off locations will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Friday through June 23 (except Sunday) at the Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 11th St.; Briggsdale Re-10J School District, 515 Leslie; Erie Town Hall, 645 Holbrook St.; Grover Town Hall, 315 Chatoga Ave., and New Raymer Community Center, 25 Shirley Ave.
One 24-hour drop-off location is open through June 23 in Greeley at the City of Greeley city hall, 1000 10th St. All three voter service and polling centers and the six drop-off locations will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day, June 24.
“People can drop (ballots) off at these sites or get replacements. I encourage people to get those ballots in,” Moreno said.
Obviously, the sooner they get them in the sooner we can get through the processing and get the results out. We hope to get the first results out by 7:30 on June 24 after we close at the polls at 7.”