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As of the end of the day Sunday, March 1, a total of 5,978 mail ballots have been returned in Chaffee County, representing 43.6 percent of the county’s total 13,711 eligible voters. Primary Election day is Tues. March 3, and all mail ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. Postmarks do not count.

The county ballot return breaks out by category as follows:

Category               Voters   Ballots returned    %

Democratic Party    3,700       1,810                        49

Republican Party    4,388       2,312                       52.6

Unaffiliated              5,623       1,856                       33

Eligible voters         13,711       5,978                      43.6

The county is expecting a high voter turn out.

“In the last Presidential Primary 20 years ago only about 1,300 votes were cast here,” said Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell. “For Super Tuesday I think we can get to 11,000, I always think we can get to 80 percent [of eligible voters].”

Chaffee County has two vote centers open today, Mon. March 2 and Tues. March 3 on Election Day:

  • Salida Clerk’s Office, 104 Crestone Ave, 8-5 Monday and 7-7 Election Day;
  • BV Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 112 Linderman Ave, 8-4 Monday and 7-7 Election Day.

Colorado makes the act of voting very accessible, even for those who may not yet be registered in the county. Mitchell say that residents can register to vote today and tomorrow, then cast a ballot; as Colorado has same-day registration. Voters can visit a vote center to vote in-person, and if needed, get a replacement ballot as well.

The county will publish a URL on on Election Day and it will begin posting results between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Ark Valley Voice will carry the link, and report results as they become updated, with unofficial results published late Tuesday evening or the early the next morning, as soon as they are available.