Mesa County unaffiliated voters can vote in primary election

Just remember not to accidentally commit voter fraud by returning both ballots
Published: May. 2, 2022 at 12:10 PM MDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 11:02 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Unaffiliated Mesa County voters will be able to vote in the upcoming primary election in June without changing their voter registration. However, if unaffiliated voters want to pick a ballot preference for this election, they must do so by May 6.

Unaffiliated voters have been able to participate in Colorado’s Primary Election since 2016.

“Now you have the choice to just choose that preference and still participate and not actually affiliate,” said Mesa County Director of Elections Brandi Bantz.

Declaring a ballot preference does not change your unaffiliated voter registration. This option means you will receive just one ballot in the mail. Otherwise you will receive both party ballots.

However, unaffiliated voters will only be able to vote in one major political party’s primary, meaning that voters will still have to decide between voting Republican or Democrat to participate.

Ballot preference and voter registration can be declared or updated here, and declaring preference does not alter voter registration.

There is no deadline for declaration, nor will voters be prevented from voting if they don’t declare a ballot preference. Instead, nondeclared voters will receive both ballots in the mail, but it’s important to remember to only vote and return one of the ballots for it to count.

Selecting your ballot now just helps save paper and resources since only one ballot would be mailed instead of two. They will start to be mailed out June 6.

Choose your ballot and get more information at www.UChoose.CO.Gov

With any questions, contact Mesa County Elections at 970-244-1662.

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