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The pace of primary ballot returns is picking up. As of Monday, June 20, there have been 2,337 mail ballots returned in Chaffee County. Ballots break out as follows:

Democratic Party Returned  Ballots   832

Republican Party Returned Ballots    689

Unaffiliated Voter Ballots                     816

The county has set up an extra primary vote center in the Salida Scout Hut, open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday. On Election Day this center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., along with the main County Clerk’s Vote center and the Buena Vista Annex.

An additional vote center has been set up at the Community Center in Buena Vista that will open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, and be open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voters who still wish to receive a ballot in the mail need to take action by 12:00 midnight Tuesday, June 21. Starting Wednesday, June 22, voters will have to appear in person to get a ballot.

Voters can update their registration at If voters haven’t received their ballot yet they need to take action. Voters can call the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for information. 719-530-5604.

Kit Kuester, Chaffee County Chef Deputy Clerk, preparing for the primary election. Photo by Jan Wondra.

“One last thing I want to share with all of you,” said Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell. “We have been working on a historic election statistics website over the last several months where folks can go and geek out on all past results in the county. We are proud to announce and share with you our soft launch of this site now.”

The temporary URL is       The site will be live with a regular link on the Chaffee County Clerk’s regular website by the end of next week.

This new site will contain the last 10 years of voting results that are available currently. Mitchell says that her office will constantly be working on getting more historic results listed as time allows. “A big shout out to my Chief Deputy Clerk, Kit Everett Kuester, for all the heavy lifting on this project,” adds Mitchell. “She has painstakingly converted past results into a common data format so our friends at election stats could program our site.”

Going forward, right after results for each election are certified, Mitchell say they will update the site with the information quickly.