Colorado has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, June 26; although due to Colorado’s mail-only ballot system, people can vote now through June 26. Here you’ll find resources for voters, a quick overview of politics in the state, plus a few key races with the names and websites for Democratic candidates. Use this information to make your own voting plan and/or share with friends in the state!
Colorado Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting: June 18-26
Vote by mail: Your ballots should already have been mailed to you.
Heads up for unaffiliated voters: You can only vote in one party’s primary, not both. As of 6/15 there have already been over 200 ballots turned in that will not be counted because the voters cast votes for both parties.
Colorado Politics: A Snapshot
• No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
• All 7 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +5 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate 18 (R) – 16 (D) – 1 (I)
>>> State House 36 (D) – 29 (R)
The sitting governor, John Hickenlooper (D), cannot seek re-election due to term limits. This is a closely watched race as it is considered to be a Toss-Up. The Democratic candidates are:
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 6
Cook Political Report has Districts 6 rated competitive (Toss-Up), and is a good opportunity for the Democrats to flip.
SECRETARY OF STATE
Wayne Williams (R) is the current Secretary of State, and he is running for re-election. The winner of this race will be in charge when the 2020 redistricting takes place.
Jena Griswold – website
17 of the 35 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 1 seats to regain control of the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 65 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans would need to flip 5 seats to retake the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Colorado Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Colorado Democrats.