Voters who get ballots for the presidential primary may be a bit surprised to see so many names on the list to choose from.

For the Democratic Party, that list includes 17 names, only eight of which are actually still in the race.

But because all but two of those candidates who have dropped out haven’t filed the proper paperwork dropping out of the race, any votes for them will be counted even if they don’t mean anything.

Any votes for the two who have notified the state they are out — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Maryland congressman John Delaney — won’t be counted because they have officially dropped out, said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

Griswold said that if any of the other candidates who are no longer in the race officially notify the state that they are out before the last day to vote in the March 3 primaries, votes for them also won’t be counted.

The Secretary of State’s Office will post that information on its website at

Candidates who are still in the race include (in order of appearance on the ballot): Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg, Joseph Biden and Tom Steyer.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who ended his presidential bid to vie for the U.S. Senate, dropped out of the race back in August, and was never added to the ballot. He was one of as many as 28 Democrats who were in the race at one time or another.

Voters casting ballot in the Republican primary similarly will see names of candidates no longer in the race, but who have not formally withdrawn. Currently, there are six such names, but only President Donald Trump and New York businessman Bill Weld still are in it.

Primary ballots were mailed out on Friday and could appear in area mailboxes as early as today.

While voters registered either as Republicans or Democrats will receive a ballot for those parties, unaffiliated voters will get one from each.

By law, those voters can cast ballots in the primary, but they must remit only one. Voters who attempt to cast both ballots will see neither counted.

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