COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Super Tuesday marks Colorado’s first presidential primary since 2000. Here’s what you need to know to make your vote count.
Who can vote
To be eligible to vote in the primary, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen.
- be at least 17 years old, and turning 18 on or before the general election on November 3.
- have lived in Colorado for at least 22 days before March 3.
How to get a ballot
Ballots have been mailed to approximately 391,000 registered voters in El Paso County. Unaffiliated voters recieved both Democratic and Republican ballots, but may only return one.
If you are not registered to vote, need to update your registration, did not receive a ballot, or need a replacement ballot, visit a Voter Service and Polling Center. You can register to vote and receive a ballot at one of these centers until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
If you need to register to vote, you must provide identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or a recent bill or statement with your current name and address. Acceptable forms of identification.
How to vote
Voters who are registered Republicans or Democrats will receive a ballot for that party. Unaffiliated voters who did not choose a party preference will receive a ballot packet containing one ballot for each party. Each person may vote and return only one ballot. The unused ballot should be destroyed and discarded. If an unaffiliated voter returns both ballots voted, neither will be counted.
How to return your ballot
Ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box by 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are a total of 34 secure ballot boxes throughout El Paso County. Nine of them are new for this election.
If your candidate withdrew
Democratic candidates Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, and Pete Buttigieg all withdrew from the election within the past few days. If you’ve already returned a ballot for a candidate who has withdrawn, you cannot change your vote.
However, each candidate requires paperwork to be filed to officially drop out of the race.
“If they have not officially withdrawn and submitted their paperwork to the secretary of state’s office, votes will still be tabulated for them tonight,” said Kristi Ridlen, public information officer for El Paso County Clerk and Recorder.
If you have filled out your ballot but not returned it, you can change your vote by crossing off the name of your first pick and marking the oval next to your preferred candidate. Then, return your ballot as normal. Alternatively, you can get a new ballot and vote in person at a voter service and polling center.