Ballots due today in primary voting


Ballot drop-off locations

■ The elections office and motor-vehicles offices at 220 S. Spruce St.

■ The Clifton motor-vehicle office at 3225 Interstate 70 Business Loop in the Peachtree Shopping Center.

■ The Fruita motor-vehicle office in the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen St.

Republicans and Libertarians have one last day to cast ballots in this year’s primary election.

Republicans are deciding which of two candidates in two races will represent the party in the November election for the two open seats on the Mesa County Commission.

Libertarians are deciding which of two candidates will be on the ballot in the fall for the 3rd Congressional District.

Turnout had exceeded 32 percent on Monday, with 16,224 voter returning qualified ballots out of 50,055 ballots issued.

Voters have until 7 p.m. today to hand deliver their mail-in ballots because it’s too late to mail them. Voters also can use touch-screen voting machines at five locations around the county. Voters wishing to use the machines must surrender their mail ballots, Reiner said.

The primary is closed, meaning only Republicans and Libertarians can vote in their respective races, but unaffiliated voters can register with a party today and cast ballots. The deadline for affiliated voters to switch parties before the primary has already passed.

Service centers, where ballots can be dropped off or be cast on touch-screen machines include the elections office, Lion Room of the Fruita Civic Center; the log cabin at Long Family Memorial Park, 31117 F Road; the Jockey Club at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50; and the Goodwill Retail Center, 630 24 1/2 Road.

Voters are choosing between Ken Henry and John Justman in the Republican primary for the District 1 open seat on the commission and between Rose Pugliese and write-in candidate Woody Walcher for the open seat in District 3.

Libertarians Gaylon Kent and Gregory Gilman are running for the party’s congressional nomination.

Meanwhile, voters in Garfield County and the rest of Senate District 8 will choose between Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, and Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, to represent them in the Colorado Senate.

White was appointed to the seat last year when her husband, Al, was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to head the Colorado Tourism Office.

Baumgardner currently represents House District 57, but his home county, Grand, was reapportioned out of that district and added to the Senate district.

Also, two Republicans, Debra Irvine of Breckenridge and David Justice of Gunnison, are vying for the GOP nomination to run for House District 61, which was reapportioned last year to stretch from Delta County to the Summit Valley.

Staff writer Charles Ashby contributed to this report.


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How hard would it have been to mention Democrats? Today is the last day for them to submit their primary ballots too. Sure there are no uncontested races, but ballots were mailed to Democrats, and they do need to return them. Just as the Republican and Libertarian races decide who gets on the ballot this fall, the Democratic ballot is one of the steps that candidates must take in order to get on the ballot. If you got a ballot, get it back to election officials today. Another way this story could have been more complete would have been to mention who the winners of the Republican and Libertarian are going to be opposed by in the fall.

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