June 26 Primary Election Update


DENVER, June 27, 2018 — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that, as of June 27th, 1,172,780 Coloradans have returned ballots for the primary election on June 26th.

Of that, 467,924 ballots were cast by Democrats, 414,217 by Republicans and 290,639 by unaffiliated voters. County clerks are still processing ballots. July 5 is the last day for a military-and-overseas ballot to arrive, and the last day for a voter to cure a missing signature or a signature discrepancy.

The ballot-return reports do not list the number of Coloradans who voted in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center, which opened on June 18. The total is 13,546, with 9,647 Democrats and 3,899 Republicans participating. That report is also attached, and it breaks down whether the voter used a machine or a paper ballot.

This is the first primary election where unaffiliated voters are allowed to automatically participate. Unaffiliated voters who expressed a preference for a Republican or Democratic ballot were sent that party’s ballot, but those who did not were sent both ballots with the caveat: Only vote one, if you vote both neither ballot will count. Secretary Williams in March launched the UChooseCO campaign to stress to unaffiliated voters to pick one ballot.

The new style of report reflects information about unaffiliated voters. It breaks down ballots by those voters who expressed a preference for the Republican or Democratic ballot. “Pkt” refers to “packets” for unaffiliated voters who got both ballots in the mail. Pkt-Dem and Pkt-Rep indicates which ballot the voter chose. In some cases, the ballots have been received by the clerk but have not yet been tallied so the preference is unknown. That is “pkt-unopened.”

Additional voting reports, still unofficial at this time for Prowers County are: Registered Voters in Prowers County – 4,745 and ballots cast – 2,585 for 54.48%.  Dan Monson, Prowers County Election Clerk, noted there were about 30 ballots from Unaffiliated voters which were negated because both Democrat and Republican ballots were returned where only one was allowed for the count.  He said on average, Prowers County showed a better return rate for comparably sized counties.

District 4 for Representative to the 116th US Congress –
Karen McCormick (Dem) – 333
Chase Kohne (Dem) – 208
Ken Buck (Rep) – 1,508

Governor – (Rep)
Walker Stapleton – 807
Victor Mitchell – 698
Greg Lopez – 237
Doug Robinson – 113

Governor – (Dem)
Jared Polis – 208
Mike Johnston – 170
Cary Kennedy – 152
Donna Lynne – 57

Prowers County Coroner
Joe Giadone (Dem) – 502

Prowers County Commissioner, Dist 2 (Rep)
Ron Cook – 1,569

Prowers County Clerk & Recorder (Rep)
Jana Coen – 1,679

Prowers County Treasurer (Rep)
Judy Wittman – 1,226
Kayla Koehn – 736

Prowers County Assessor (Rep)
Andy Wyatt – 1,505

Prowers County Sheriff (Rep)
Samuel Zordel – 1,564


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