“It’s complicated,” said Otero County Clerk Lyn Scott, referring to the upcoming presidential primary — the first for Colorado since 2000.
Colorado will be one of the Super Tuesday states this year. The presidential primary ballots were mailed out from the county’s vendor’s office in Denver on Wednesday. If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Tuesday, contact the clerk’s office at 719-383-3020.
If you have switched parties, you may run into complications. The cutoff date for switching parties by changing your registration at the clerk’s office was Feb. 3 for the presidential primary. However, you still have through today for state, county and local caucuses.
For the presidential primary, you will receive the ballot for your party in the mail. Independent voters will receive both Democrat and Republican ballots, but must choose which one to return and may not use both.
Any switch recorded at the county clerk’s office will be in effect for the June primary voting, but if you missed the deadline you are still in the original party for the presidential primary and for the caucuses after today. The switch may be made until 5 p.m. today at the clerk’s office and be in effect for the caucuses.
The caucus date is March 7. The Republicans caucus will be at 10 a.m. and the Democrats at 2 p.m. Caucus locations are as follows: La Junta, Democrats, Intermediate School; Republicans, high school; Swink, Swink School for both; Rocky Ford and Manzanola, Jefferson School at Rocky Ford for Republican caucus, 10 a.m., Rocky Ford Democrats at Rocky Ford High School at 2 p.m.; Cheraw, high school; Fowler, high school. Bring identification. March 7 is Saturday, but Scott will be in her office to field questions. Manzanola Democratic Caucus location not known at this time.
“We will be open for early voting on Feb. 24, with the machines set up. You may drop your ballots at the box in the south parking lot or here at the office. Ballots will be accepted until 7 p.m. on March 3.” The office will remain open during the primary on March 3.
All ballots may be mailed in, but the drop-off location for Rocky Ford is the city hall at 203 S. Main; for Fowler, 114 E. Cranston Avenue in Fowler.