Hundreds of unaffiliated voters in Arapahoe County have voted incorrectly in primary

Voters can only return one party's ballot, county clerk and recorder reiterates

Staff report
Posted 6/21/18

The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office, which oversees elections in the county, reminded unaffiliated voters that they may vote and return only one ballot for the June 26 primary election. …

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Hundreds of unaffiliated voters in Arapahoe County have voted incorrectly in primary

Voters can only return one party's ballot, county clerk and recorder reiterates

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The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office, which oversees elections in the county, reminded unaffiliated voters that they may vote and return only one ballot for the June 26 primary election.

In a June 20 news release, the office reiterated that if a voter returns both the Democratic and Republican ballots, their vote will not count.

Colorado's new law — Proposition 108, passed in 2016 — requires that unaffiliated voters receive both major parties' ballots, but they can vote on only one. That rule makes sure unaffiliated voters have an equal voice to affiliated voters, the release said.

As of June 20, 366 unaffiliated voters in Arapahoe County voted and returned two ballots. That represents 3.7 percent of the 9,800 unaffiliated ballots processed so far in this election, the release said.

“While more than 96 percent of unaffiliated voters who have cast a ballot have done so correctly, 3.6 percent is a big enough margin to potentially have an impact on a contest,” Matt Crane, clerk and recorder, said in the release.

No minor parties are holding a primary election this year, so minor-party voters are not eligible to vote in this primary.

For more election information, call 303-795-4511 or visit ArapahoeVotes.com.

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