Election Day is today ‒ June 26
Chaffee County is on track to finish the ballot process smoothly. Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell reported that, as of Monday, June 25, 3,550 ballots have been received by the county. Voters have until 7 p.m. today, June 26, to vote in the Colorado primary election.
“We’re at 30-percent turnout of active voters,” said Mitchell late Monday afternoon.
Ballots returned by unaffiliated voters favored Democratic candidates over Republicans, 493 versus 349, respectively.
“Everyone wants to know about how the unaffiliated voters cast their ballots,” said Mitchell. “We had a 59-percent return of unaffiliated ballots voting for Democrats, and 41 percent voted for Republicans.”
According to Mitchell, response has been steady with another 700 ballots coming in between last Saturday and Monday afternoon. Eleven people walked in on Monday to vote in person: six Democrats, four Republicans and one unaffiliated.
|Eligible voters in Chaffee County||Ballots returned to date||Percentage turnout|
|Democratic – 3,422||1,223||35.6|
|Republican – 4,435||1,396||31.4|
|Unaffiliated – 4,832||842||17.4|
|Total – 12,689||3,461 + 89 = 3,550||28.0|
Chaffee County has outperformed other counties in Colorado related to its nearly nonexistent ballot errors, Mitchell said. “We had only eight unaffiliated ballots returned incorrectly, with two ballots voted. We’re really proud of that.”
Polls are open Tuesday, June 26 – election day – from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. While the polls will close at 7 p.m., voters who are in line by that time will be allowed to vote. Voters can vote in person at the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s office at county offices, 104 Crestone Ave., Salida, or at the Chaffee County branch office at 112 Linderman Ave. in Buena Vista.