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As of Monday night, March 2, Chaffee County reported 6,740 mail ballots returned, and 49 have voted in person in the Colorado Primary Election.

The county ballot return breaks out by category as follows:

Category               Voters         Ballots   Percentage

Democratic Party    3,700             2,172          58.5

Republican Party     4,388            2,436         55.4

Unaffiliated               5,623            2,332         37.8

Eligible voters          13,711            6,940        50.6

Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell, who has publicly said she is hoping for an 80 percent voter turnout in the county, remains optimistic about reaching that figure. At the moment, the county lags well behind that goal — but this is election day.

Kit Kuester, one of the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Office personnel preparing for a record turnout for the primary election. Photo by Jan Wondra.

Unaffiliated voters can now vote in Colorado primary elections for party candidates. But what is clear is that at 37.8 percent, the participation of Chaffee County unaffiliated voters is lagging behind the turnout of the two political parties.

Mitchell says that results will be posted to the election night reporting site for the state beginning around 7:00 p.m.

“There is always a chance we may not finish counting on [Primary] Election Night,” says Mitchell. “But, we will post results several times beginning at 7 p.m. and continue on Wednesday.”

Polls remain open until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. See related story for locations: