June’s primary election ballots set

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The first of the ballots for the June 26 primary election have been transmitted to military and overseas electors, with June 4 being the first day that mail ballots can be mailed to other voters.
The election will be a mail-ballot election.
And, in accordance with recent changes to Colorado law, unaffiliated voters will also have the chance to vote in the primary.
Following is the list of candidates appearing on each party’s primary ballot, as well and how to vote as an unaffiliated voter and other general information.
Republican ballot
Federal offices
Representative to the 116th U.S. Congress — District 3: Scott R. Tipton
State offices
Governor: Walker Stapleton, Greg Lopez, Doug Robinson, Victor Mitchell
Secretary of state: Wayne Williams
State treasurer: Justin Everett, Polly Lawrence, Brian Watson
Attorney general: George Brauchler
Regent of the University of Colorado — at large: Ken Montera
Regent of the University of Colorado — Congressional District 3: Glen H. Gallegos
State Senate — District 6: Don Coram
State representative — District 59: There are no Republican candidates for this office.
Archuleta County offices
County commissioner — District 3: Alvin Schaaf
County clerk and recorder: Kristy Archuleta
County treasurer: Elsa P. White, Samantha Armitstead
County assessor: Natalie Woodruff
County sheriff: Richard Valdez
County surveyor: There are no Republican candidates for this office.
County coroner: Dan Keuning
Democratic ballot
Federal offices
Representative to the 116th U.S. Congress — District 3: Diane Mitsch Bush, Karl Hanlon, Arn Menconi
State offices
Governor: Cary Kennedy, Jared Polis, Donna Lynne, Mike Johnston
Secretary of state: Jena Griswold
State treasurer: Dave Young, Bernard Douthit
Attorney general: Phil Weiser, Joe Salazar
Regent of the University of Colorado — at large: Lesley Smith
Regent of the University of Colorado — Congressional District 3: Alvin Rivera
State Senate — District 6: Guinn Unger Jr.
State representative — District 59: Barbara McLachlan
Archuleta County offices
County commissioner — District 3: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
County clerk and recorder: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
County treasurer: Debbie Condrey
County assessor: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
County sheriff: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
County surveyor: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
County coroner: There are no Democratic candidates for this office.
Voting as an
unaffiliated voter
For the first time, unaffiliated voters will be able to cast a ballot in the Republican or Democratic primary without having to declare a political party.
Unaffiliated voters may also affiliate with a party participating in the primary up to May 29 to vote that party’s ballot.
Those wishing to do so can visit govotecolorado.com or visit the Archuleta County Election’s Office.
Choosing to affiliate with a political party will leave you registered with the party you are changing to, and you would no longer be considered unaffiliated.
To remain unaffiliated and still participate, there are two options:
• You may go online to govotecolorado.com and choose a “Preference” in your voter registration record under “Party Affiliation.” This preference will only be for the upcoming primary election. You will receive that ballot in the mail, but your party will stay unaffiliated.
• If you choose not to make any changes to your affiliation or preference, a “Mail Ballot Packet” containing Republican and Democratic ballots will be mailed out on June 4.
You may only vote and return one ballot. If you return and vote both ballots, neither ballot will be counted.
Contact the Election’s Office at 264-8331 if you have any questions or need any clarification on this new process.
Voter Service and
Polling Center
Beginning June 18, the Election’s Office, located in the downstairs rear of the Archuleta County Courthouse (449 San Juan St.), will serve as the official Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC).
VSPC hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon on June 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 25 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day, June 26.
You may also drop off your voted ballot at the County Clerk’s Motor Vehicle Office, located upstairs in the courthouse (street level with U.S. 160), between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Too, the county has set up a secure ballot drop box which will be open 24/7 with video surveillance from June 4 through 7 p.m. on June 26. It is located outside on the sidewalk in front of the east courthouse doors.