Twenty-four percent of active voters have cast their ballots for primary election
June 25, 2014
At least 24 percent of active voters in Weld County have cast their ballots for the primary mail ballot election Tuesday.
With the election two days away, the ballots cast as of Friday, according to Weld County elections coordinator Rudy Santos, were:
» Democrats (32,900 ballots sent out; 5,335 returned for 16 percent turnout)
» Republicans (53,160 ballots sent; 15,186 returned for 29 percent turnout)
» American Constitution (457 ballots sent; 62 returned for 14 percent turnout)
Of the 86,517 ballots mailed, 20,583 have been returned for a 24 percent turnout thus far.
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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 Tuesday to participate in the primary election. To vote, a person must be a resident of Colorado for 22 days or more. Go to http://www.govotecolorado.com to verify if you are registered to vote.
Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno has predicted a turnout of 30 to 35 percent for the primary election.
Moreno said that in 2010, there was about a 27 percent turnout in the primary. In 2012, it was a 22 percent turnout.
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. through Monday 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. through Monday (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 Monday 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 Tuesday.
Moreno has encouraged voters to get their ballots in so the Weld elections office can process them and get the results out as soon as possible Tuesday night.