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Primary Election moved to June, registration deadline May 29

Voters looking to register for or vote in the August primary, take note — this year’s election is earlier than normal and is being conducted as a mail ballot election in Archuleta County.

The 2012 Primary Election, instead of being held in August, will be held June 26, with only affiliated voters able to cast their ballot in the election.

The last day to register to vote in the election is only days away — Tuesday, May 29 — although voters may change their affiliation until Election Day, said County Clerk June Madrid.

Those who affiliate after May 29 will have to pick up a ballot in person to be able to vote, while those active voters who register or affiliate by the May 29 deadline will be mailed a ballot.

There will be four ballots for the Primary Election — Democratic, Republican, American Constitution and Libertarian.

Madrid said the Election’s Office recently completed two mailings, one to active voters reminding them of the changed Primary date, and a second to Unaffiliated Active and Unaffiliated-Failed to Vote voters about the affiliation requirement to vote.

Voting for the election will take place from June 12-26.

During that time, completed ballots can be dropped off during working hours at the Clerk’s Motor Vehicle Office upstairs in the Archuleta County Courthouse and the Election’s Office, located downstairs in the courthouse.

On Saturday, June 23, the Election’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive voted ballots and issue replacement ballots, if necessary.

Because of the mail ballot election, there is no early voting.

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