State ballots sent out Monday for the March presidential primary

Posted at 10:22 AM, Feb 13, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-13 12:22:57-05

Ballots are expected to arrive in the mailboxes of thousands of Coloradans this week for the March 5 presidential primary.

Nine Democrats and seven Republicans will appear on their party's respective ballots, but many of the candidates on the Republican ticket have announced they've suspended their campaigns. Until a candidate formally withdraws, votes will still be tabulated for them in Colorado.

For most elections, state election leaders recommend Coloradans to vote early. With presidential primaries, the advice is often it may be better to wait.

"We always ask our voters to get out there and vote early because everybody wants to have those results as soon as possible," El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Steve Schleiker said. "However as you're working towards a presidential primary, you don't know whose going to be dropping out, things are changing."

Another unknown for voters is whether or not former President Donald Trump will be considered a candidate in Colorado. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision this week on a case that would determine his eligibility for president. A group of voters in Colorado filed a lawsuit arguing the former president is ineligible for office claiming his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, violated Section Three of the 14th Amendment.

Colorado's Supreme Court ruled he should be disqualified from the ballot, but that decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For now, former President Trump is on the ballot and votes will be counted for him.

Votes will still be tabulated for candidates that have suspended their campaigns until that formal withdrawal process is done, Schleiker said. But national parties may not count their votes toward delegates.

As has been the case since 2018 in Colorado, unaffiliated voters are allowed to participate in primaries. However, they will receive both Democratic and Republican party primary ballots, but only one can be returned for their vote to count.


Feb 12: Final day for a Republican or Democrat voter to change their affiliation for the March 5 primary (unaffiliated voters can decide to affiliate up until Election Day)

Feb 25: Final day for voters to mail back their ballots. Voters are asked to drop off their ballots in a 24-hour drop box after this date, postmarks do not count. To see locations of drop boxes in El Paso County click here.

March 5: Presidential Primary

June 25: Colorado Primary for other offices including U.S. Congress, State House, State Senate, and various local offices

Nov 5: General Election

Ballots for the presidential primary election are now in the mail