County Primary Election Turnout Slow

There May be Confusion about Who Can Vote


(Aspen, CO) Early voting in the Pitkin County Primary Election began Monday and so far just over 60 voters have made the trip into the Clerk and Recorder’s office to cast ballots. In addition, the Elections Department of the Clerk’s office mailed 2,700 ballots to registered voters on June 4th and so far fewer than 600 mail ballots have been returned.

“That’s not the kind of turnout we expected to see and we’re hoping voters aren’t waiting for the November election to vote,” said Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder, Janice Vos-Caudill. “It’s important to vote in the primary to move candidates forward to the November ballot,” Vos-Caudill stressed.

There may be some confusion about who is eligible to vote in the primary and who is not, Vos-Caudill speculated. Because Pitkin County is a home rule county, it is not necessary for voters to be affiliated with a particular political party to vote in the county commissioner race.

“There are four candidates for County Commissioner and all registered voters, affiliated or not, can vote for the one candidate of their choice to progress to the November ballot,” Vos-Caudill said.

Early voting continues this week through Friday, June 22nd between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Clerk’s office at 530 East Main Street in Aspen. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 26th and all polling places in Pitkin County will be open from 7 am to 7pm. Mail ballots will be accepted until 7pm on Election Day.

Sample ballots and other local primary election information can be found online at Questions may be directed to the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office at 429-2713.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012