Passed in 2016, Propositions 107 and 108 extend the right to vote in all Colorado primary elections to unaffiliated voters. Senate Bill 17-305, passed in 2017, implements 107 and 108.
- County clerks must send all unaffiliated electors separate ballots for each major political party participating in the primary election.
- Mail ballot return envelope identifies for the county which party’s ballot has been cast.
- Each unaffiliated elector is entitled to vote in only one party’s primary election. Voting more than one party’s ballot voids all ballots.
- County clerks must record in the State’s statewide voter registration system (SCORE) the political party’s election each unaffiliated elector voted in.
- An unaffiliated elector voting in person at a voter service and polling center in a primary election must state which party’s election he or she chooses to vote in, and the county clerk must indicate the voter’s selection in SCORE and provide the voter with that party’s ballot.
- If an unaffiliated elector who has already been mailed a primary election ballot submits an affiliation declaration, the county clerk must defer processing the affiliation change until after the primary election; except that an unaffiliated elector who appears in person to vote may affiliate and vote a party ballot if the county clerk has not received the elector’s voted mail ballot.
By Nancy Crow for the Voter Service Team