Here’s what to know about voting in the June 2022 Colorado primaries

Voters will soon receive mail-in ballots for the June 28 primary

By: - June 8, 2022 4:30 am

Gregory Grimes, with an unidentified woman, returns his ballot at a drop box at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora on Nov. 3, 2020. Grimes said it was his second time ever voting. (Carl Payne for Colorado Newsline)

Colorado voters will soon cast their ballots for the primary elections. Though Election Day is officially June 28, registered voters should expect to receive a mail-in ballot soon to fill out and turn in.

Here’s what else you should know about participating in the election:

Can I still register to vote in the June 28 primary?

To receive a ballot in the mail, you must be registered by June 20. If you wait until then or later, you should make a plan to vote in person.

Colorado is a same-day voter registration state, so in a worst case scenario you can register and still vote at a voter service and polling center on Election Day.

If you have a valid social security number, Colorado driver’s license or Colorado identification card, you can register to vote online. You can also fill out a paper form (that’s the link to the English version — the form is also printed in Spanish) and send it to your county clerk or the secretary of state’s Election Division’s office at 1700 Broadway, Suite 550; Denver, CO 80290.

Many voters in Colorado are automatically registered when they receive a driver’s license. You can double-check your registration online through the Secretary of State’s office and make any necessary updates.

When should I expect my ballot?

County clerks began mailing out ballots on Monday and have until Friday, June 10, to send them out to voters.

You can check the status of your ballot online at the secretary of state’s website or through BallotTrax using your name, birth date and zip code. The secretary of state’s website will also allow you to view your sample ballot.

If your ballot does not get to you by next week, it’s a good idea to check with your county clerk’s office and request another one.

What will I be voting on in the primary?

The primary elections determine which candidates earn their party’s nomination to make it to the general election ballot in November.

If you’re an unaffiliated voter and didn’t pre-select a primary, you can vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but make sure to only fill out and return one ballot.

Statewide this year, Colorado voters are selecting a U.S. senator, governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and state Board of Education member. The competitive primaries are on the Republican side for governor and secretary of state.

  • U.S. Senator: Incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet has no primary opponent. On the Republican side, state Rep. Ron Hanks and construction company owner Joe O’Dea are vying for the nomination.
  • Governor: On the Democratic side, incumbent Gov. Jared Polis is running unopposed. For the Republicans, University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez are running.
  • Attorney general: Democratic incumbent Phil Weiser is running unopposed. Republican John Kellner, the current district attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, is also running unopposed.
  • Secretary of state: Democratic incumbent Jena Griswold is running unopposed. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson and businessman Mike O’Donnell are running in the Republican primary.
  • Treasurer: Democratic incumbent Dave Young has no primary opponents, and neither does former Republican state representative Lang Sias.
  • At-Large Board of Education member: Democrat and former Adams 12 Five Star Schools school board member Kathy Plomer is unopposed in the primary. Republican activist Dan Maloit is also unopposed.

You will also vote for a U.S. representative and state representative. Based on where you live, you might also have candidates for a state senator, another Board of Education member or CU regent on your ballot.

You can check with your county clerk for any local races that will appear on your ballot.

How do I send my ballot in?

After reading the instructions and filling in your ballot, put it in the included return envelope, seal it and sign on the designated spot, which can vary. Some counties include secrecy sleeves for further protection.

You can mail your ballot using a standard postage stamp or drop it in an official ballot drop box. These are secure, monitored boxes that are emptied daily. Most county clerks’ websites will have a list or map of drop boxes. You can find a nearby drop box location online through the secretary of state’s office.

People can return up to 10 completed ballots for friends and family, but only give your ballot to someone you trust if you’re not dropping it off or mailing it yourself.

Make sure your ballot gets to your county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you plan to mail your ballot, do that before June 21 to ensure it arrives on time. Otherwise, make a plan to put it in a drop box.

How do I make sure my ballot was received?

Just like you can track your ballot as county clerks send them out, you can track it on its way back to get counted. Through BallotTrax, you can sign up for text message, phone or email notifications on when your ballot is received and counted.

Additionally, BallotTrax can help election workers contact voters if there is an issue with their ballot. That is often a signature matching issue, where the signature on the ballot envelope does not match whatever signature is in the county clerk’s system. If that happens to you, you’ll get notified and have a chance to “cure” your ballot.

How do I vote in person?

If you want to vote in person, you can visit a voter service and polling center. Those sites will open on June 20 and have varying hours, but will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

You cannot vote both by mail and in person. You can only submit one ballot.

If you vote in person, bring your ID. Also, take note of newly enacted laws: It is now illegal to openly carry a firearm at a polling location, in any building where a polling location is or within 100 feet of a drop box.

Check with your county clerk for a list of in-person voting locations or look online for a nearby location through the secretary of state’s office.


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Sara Wilson
Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson covers state government, Colorado's congressional delegation, energy and other stories for Newsline. She formerly was a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain, where she covered politics and government in southern Colorado. Wilson earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and as a student she reported on Congress and other federal beats in Washington, D.C.