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17-year-olds may vote in Primary

 

Last updated 2/19/2020 at 2:44pm



A change in state voting protocol will allow some 17-year-olds to vote in both the Presidential Primary on March 3 and the State Primary Election on June 30. Colorado is one of just 17 states that allow this added level of accessibility. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office urges these teens and their parents to learn how they may participate.

“This is the first year 17-year-olds are eligible to participate in Colorado’s two Primaries,” said Clerk Chuck Broerman. “We want every citizen who is eligible to make their voice heard in our democratic process in this important election year.”

A 17-year-old who is registered to vote and will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 3 General Election will be eligible to vote in both Primary Elections. They follow the same election process that applies for all active registered voters.

A voter who is affiliated with a major political party, Republican or Democratic, will receive that party’s ballot. Unaffiliated voters will receive both parties’ ballots but must vote and return only one.

As a note, 16-year-olds also may pre-register to vote but the age requirements for voting in Primaries apply. Register to vote at http://www.GoVoteColorado.gov until Feb. 24. After that date, visit any Voter Service and Polling Center.

All voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 3, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted. For more information about the election, voters should visit http://www.EPCVotes.com or call (719) 575-VOTE (8683).

 

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