Information concerning La Plata County voter information and services in 2016
*5/21/16 Durango Herald Op Ed: Understanding the June primary election by Tiffany Lee Parker, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder.
You have probably all noticed that it is election season, and while the General Election is still almost six months away, Colorado's primary is fast approaching.
Voters in the June 28 primary will be able to weigh in on a number of local, state and federal races, including for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, University of Colorado Regent, Colorado House District 59, 6th Judicial District Attorney, La Plata County commissioner districts 2 and 3 and county surveyor. There are a few important things to know about the primary, which functions a little bit differently than the General Election.
The first thing to note is that presidential candidates will not be on either party's primary ballot. Click to read more
AFFILIATION WITH A POLITICAL PARTY
Good news, the updated calendar on the Secretary of State's website now says that if an affiliated voter wants to change parties before the June 28 primary, tomorrow Friday May 27 is the last day Tuesday, May 31 is the last day they can change or withdraw their party affiliation. It can be done online at http://www.govotecolorado.com or at a County Clerk's office.
Unaffiliated voters may declare an affiliation up through election day and vote in the primary of the party they choose to affiliate with. If they want to get a ballot in the mail, they should affiliate by June 20. Colorado primaries don't include the race for President, but the U.S. Senate race will be big for Republicans, and there are U.S. House seats up for election, along with all state House seats and some state Senate seats, so it's still important to vote!
This is one place where people get confused by our having both caucuses and primaries in Colorado. Currently, we only weigh in on presidential primary races during caucuses, though there was failed legislation this session that would have added a presidential primary, and several ballot initiatives to change the process have been filed. Ballots will be mailed June 6-10, to registered voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party.
Voter Service and Polling Centers will be open June 20-28, except Sunday.
Ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 pm on June 28, Election Day.
Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at dropboxes and Voter Service and Polling Centers. (If it's not in your county, there will be a delay in counting your vote.) You may also vote in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county. They can also provide a replacement ballot if yours didn't arrive or was ruined.
Find locations of Voter Service and Polling Centers and dropboxes on your County Clerk's website.
Click Forum Flyer for more information.
The public is welcome to attend the forum in Durango City Council Chambers. It will also be aired live beginning at 7pm, June 9th, on Durango Government Television, or DGOV, on Charter Cable channels 191 & 981HD in the city of Durango, and over the air for those viewing television via antenna, on channel 10.1 in Durango and LaPlata County.
*Are you registered to vote? First, check your Colorado Voter registration status. This reference will also let you active your registration status, determine your voting precinct and/or change your voting information. Just click on the appropriate icon and enter your voter information.
*Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? You may also register or change your registration at My Voter Information
*If you prefer to register by mail in Colorado, click CO Secretary of State registration and click on register to vote. Print the form and submit it by mail to the County Clerk for the county of your residence.
*3/5/16 LWVLPC: LEGISLATIVE LOWDOWN, 9AM - 10:30AM, Durango Rec Center, Eolus & Sunlight Rooms, 2700 Main Ave., Durango, CO
Our annual review of the current Legislative Session from Sen. Ellen Roberts & Representative J. Paul Brown. After introductory comments from our representatives, they will answer written questions from the audience.
*3/1/16 Durango Herald: Bernie Sanders takes Colorado after young people turn out for caucuses
Republicans disappointed not to poll for presidency
By Ann Butler , Jonathan Romeo and Peter Marcus Herald staff writers.
Heavy turnout at Democratic caucuses in Southwest Colorado and throughout the state Tuesday was grass-roots politics at its finest + and sometimes most chaotic. The numbers at the simultaneous Republican caucuses were much lower, and the chaos generally replaced with dissatisfaction over the lack of a straw vote for presidential candidates.
La Plata County results: At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the La Plata County Democrats reported results from 30 of 32 precincts:
Bernie Sanders: 1,466 + 65 percent
Hillary Clinton: 819 + 35 percent
"We had an incredible turnout," La Plata County Democrats Chairwoman Jean Walter said.
*2/21/16 Pine River Times: Election Year 2016 Understand changes as to how Colorado elections are run - by Tiffany L. Parker, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder
What's new with Colorado elections?
In 2013, Colorado Legislators passed House Bill 1303, a new election law that significantly improved how Colorado county clerks conduct elections. The changes include:
All active registered voters will automatically receive a mail ballot for every election the county clerk conducts.
There are no polling places....
Caucus Day -- Tuesday, March 1: In Colorado, the process of nominating candidates for elective office begins with precinct caucuses organized by political parties. The last day to have affiliated with a major party was Jan. 4. The last day to have updated your voter information for your precinct was Feb. 1. The La Plata County Clerk & Recorder does not conduct or provide ballots for caucuses...
*2/4/16 LWVLPC: HOW TO CAUCUS & NATIONAL PROGRAM PLANNING, 11:30AM - 1:30PM, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bowman Hall, 419 San Juan Drive, Durango, CO.
A soup lunch will be served, starting at 11:30., and a discussion, with Q&A's, led by a bi-partisan team who will explain how the Colorado caucus system works. After this program, we will have a membership only meeting to go over National League Programs and any suggestions we have for them.