Tuesday is the final day for Colorado's unaffiliated voters to specify primary ballot

Posted at 1:31 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 15:31:55-04

DENVER – Tuesday is the last day for unaffiliated voters in Colorado to pick which primary ballot they’d like to vote on in the June 26 primaries.

The primary ballots will be mailed out next week, and though unaffiliated voters are able to participate in Colorado’s primaries for the first time this year, they have to pick one ballot on which to vote.

Tuesday is the last day unaffiliated voters can choose one particular ballot or the other. If a voter doesn’t specify, they will be mailed both Republican and Democratic primary ballots but will only be allowed to vote on one of them. Voting on both ballots will invalidate them.

If you’re an unaffiliated voter and would like to pick a ballot or learn more, click here.

Updated numbers on which ballots unaffiliated voters have picked so far show they continue to lean toward Democratic ballots. As of Tuesday, 42,486 unaffiliated voters picked one ballot or the other. Of them, 56.1 percent picked Democratic ballots while 37.7 percent picked Republican ballots.

Though there are no third-party primaries this year, some voters have also requested those ballots but will receive Republican and Democratic ballots, the secretary of state’s office said.

Unaffiliated voters make up the largest percentage of Colorado’s electorate, with about 1.1 million active registered voters as of April 1, compared to 1.01 million Democrats and 1 million Republicans.

Primary ballots are expected to be mailed out early next week to Colorado residents still living in the state. The primaries are set for June 26. Unaffiliated voters looking to pick a ballot can click here to do so. The secretary of state's office has launched a campaign to educate unaffiliated voters about the new changes.