Voting closes at 7 pm. today
Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their ballots in today’s primary elections, and have multiple places to do so.
Though all the statewide and county primaries are for Republicans, Democrats also are casting ballots for uncontested nominees in various races.
The main race at stake today for Republicans involves four candidates for governor: former congressmen Tom Tancredo and Bob Beauprez, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Kopp.
Voters also will decide between U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Palisade resident David Cox for the 3rd Congressional District, County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca and Grand Junction businessman Dan Thurlow for House District 55, state Sen. Steve King and John Pennington for Mesa County sheriff, and Marcia Neal and Barbara Ann Smith for State Board of Education — 3rd Congressional District.
To date, about 29 percent of Republicans statewide have already cast a ballot. In the county, about 20 percent of all voters have sent theirs in.
Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said her office expects to have results soon after polls close.
Reiner said ballots already cast cannot be returned to voters who change their minds about their picks, but voters who have filled out their ballots but not taken them to a polling place can request new ones if they change their minds.
To do so, though, requires them to come into a polling location in person, Reiner said.
“If you haven’t voted yet, you can go to one of the voting centers to get a replacement ballot. You can do that for any reason. If you didn’t get your ballot, if you’ve made a mistake or if you just prefer to vote in person, you can visit any one of the three locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”
Reiner said unaffiliated voters and people who are not registered to vote still can affiliate with a party and cast a ballot.