Here’s what Summit County voters should know about the approaching June primary (2024)

Here’s what Summit County voters should know about the approaching June primary (1)

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the date of Colorado’s presidential primary in March.

Ballots for the upcoming June 25 primary will begin hitting registered Summit County voters’ mailboxes next week.

Separate from the presidential primary, which was held in Colorado on March 5, this primary is to determine major party nominees for county and statewide races as well as Congressional district seats ahead of the November General Election.

The ballot voters will receive will depend on their political affiliation. Registered Republicans will receive a ballot containing only Republican candidates while Democrats will only see Democratic candidates.

Unaffiliated voters will receive both ballots, but they can only turn one in. If an unaffiliated voter returns both of their ballots, neither will count.

“It’s not a huge issue, but I would say there’s probably 20 or so (unaffiliated voters) every primary that would return both,” said Summit County Clerk and Recorder Taryn Power. “We want everyone’s vote to count. But you never vote twice.”

Who are the candidates?

In Summit County, the Republican primary ballot contains just one contested race: The Summit Board of County Commissioners District 2 seat, which is between Bob Cottrell and write-in candidate Kevin Adamson.

However, while Cottrell’s name will appear on the ballot, Adamson’s will not because he filed paperwork to be a write-in candidate. Instead, a box that says “Write-in” will appear and while any name could be entered into the box, only those for Adamson will count towards him.

The five other Republican candidates running for uncontested seats are:

  • Marshall Dawson, candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Eric Rinard, candidate for University of Colorado Board of Regents at-large
  • Dave Williams, candidate for Colorado House of Representatives District 13
  • Allen Bacher, candidate forDistrict 1 county commissioner.

There are no republican candidates running for the following seats:

  • Colorado State Board of Education’s 2nd Congressional District
  • District attorney for the 5th Judicial District
  • District 3 county commissioner
  • Summit County Clerk and Recorder

The Democratic primary ballot will feature two contested seats. One is between Kathy Gebhardt and Marisol Lynda Rodriguez for the state board of education’s 2nd Congressional District seat. The other is between Elliot Hood and Charles “CJ” Johnson for the University of Colorado Board of Regents at-large seat.

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There are seven other candidates running for uncontested seats. Those are:

  • Joe Neguse, incumbent candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House
  • Julie McCluskie, incumbent candidate for state House District 13 seat
  • Heidi McCollum, incumbent candidate for district attorney
  • Eric Mamula, incumbent candidate for District 1 county commissioner
  • Tamara Pogue, incumbent candidate for District 2 county commissioner
  • Nina Waters, incumbent candidate for District 3 county commissioner

Power is also running for election as clerk and recorder after being appointed to the position in January 2023.

When will you get a ballot and how can you vote?

Ballots will be sent out as early as Monday, June 3, though Power recommends voters wait up to one week before requesting a replacement ballot if one doesn’t arrive. Voters have up until June 17 to request replacement ballots from the clerk’s office to be sent in the mail.

Ballots may be cast by mail, at drop-off locations or in person at polling centers. Mailed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day on June 25. Postmarks do not count.

These ballot drop box locations will be open 24 hours every day beginning on June 3 through 7 p.m. on June 25:

  • Old County Courthouse, 208. E. Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge
  • County Commons, 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco
  • Frisco Town Hall, 1 Main Street, Frisco
  • Dillon Town Hall, 275 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon
  • Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle, Silverthorne

In-person voting and ballot replacements will also be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25 at the following locations:

  • South Branch Library, 103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge
  • Summit County Community & Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco
  • Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne

The Old County Courthouse will also be open for ballot replacements from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday up until June 24 in addition to being open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25.

Finally, early in-person voting and ballot replacements will be available at the South Branch Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 17 to June 24 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 22.

Because Colorado has same-day voter registration, residents can register to vote and receive a ballot up to and on Election Day. Voter registration can be made online at GoVoteColorado.com or in-person at any of the three voting centers or the clerk’s office, located at 208 Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge.

Because the primary ballots voters receive will be based on political affiliation, residents who are already affiliated with a major party or declared as unaffiliated voter cannot change their status after June 3. This would apply to someone who is already registered to vote in a different part of Colorado but is planning to change their registration to Summit County, for example.

Those who aren’t yet registered to vote in Colorado but who are planning to will have up until 7 p.m. on Election Day to register their political affiliation.

Power said it’s important voters ensure their information is up to date. For example, with the recent closure of the UPS store in Dillon, registered voters whose mailing addresses were tied to the store will need to update their information to be mailed a ballot.

What comes next?

The June 25 primary tees up this year’s main event: the 2024 General Election, set to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

“For the 2024 primary, there aren’t a lot of contested races, so I don’t expect anything record-breaking in terms of voter turnout,” Power said.

But given that 2024 is a presidential election year, Power said she expects to see higher turnout in November compared to previous years that did not coincide with a race for the White House.

In 2022, the last general election year, 5,815 ballots were cast in the June primary and 14,416 in the November General Election in Summit County, according to Power. In 2020, the last presidential election year, there were 8,212 total ballots cast in the June primary and 18,682 in the November election.

Unaffiliated candidates, who do not have the ability to be on the primary ballots, will be able to make it onto General Election ballots, which are the same for all voters regardless of political affiliation.

To do so, they must submit a petition with at least 1,000 signatures from eligible county voters or signatures representing 2% of the votes cast for all candidates in the last General Election for the same office they are seeking. Petitions can be picked up at the Clerk’s Office and are due back no later than 3 p.m. on July 11.

Those seeking to run as a write-in candidate can file with the clerk’s office no later than July 18.

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