Colorado Springs-area voters helping close gap between ballots returned by Democrats, Republicans

 

With less than a week before the primary election, voters are urged to drop off their ballots in person rather then put them in the mail.

Ballots not received by 7 p.m. June 28. Ballot envelopes must be signed for the ballots to be counted.

"Mail ballots give voters time to learn about candidates, decide on their choice, and then vote in the comfort of their home," El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman said in a statement.

The election is for registered Democrats or Republicans only. Unaffiliated voters can change their registration, and new voters can register, through election day.

For information on the candidates or to find a ballot drop off location in El Paso or Teller counties, go to gazette.com/voterguide.

The Secretary of State's Office said through Wednesday 15.7 percent (154,941 of 989,879) of Democratic ballots mailed have been returned throughout the state. Republicans have turned in ballots at a slightly higher rate - 16.4 percent - with, 163,550 of 997,073 ballots returned.

In El Paso County, 29,995 Republican ballots and 11,957 Democratic ballots have been turned in. Teller County has seen 1,231 Republican and 421 Democratic ballots returned. And in Fremont County, 3,079 Republicans have voted, whereas 1,162 Democratic ballots are in.

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Tiffany Ditto 636-0304

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