2018 Primary Election
In the 2018 Primary Election, voters will select candidates who will represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the November 2018 General Election. Election Day is Tuesday, June 26.
- *NEW* Open Primary in 2018
- 2018 Precinct Caucuses
- How to Cast Your Vote
- Register/Update Registration
- Important Dates
- Sample Ballots
Information About Open Primary Elections
Colorado voters approved open primaries in November 2016. This allows voters who are not affiliated with a political party to vote in primary elections. Registered voters who are affiliated with a party may only vote in their party's primary, and they will receive only their own party's ballot in the mail.
Can unaffiliated voters vote in this year’s Primary Election?
Yes. However, they must pick one party’s primary to vote in. They cannot vote multiple party ballots.
How will the process work?
This year, all active unaffiliated voters will receive the Primary Election ballots for both the Democratic and Republican Parties in the mail. The voter may vote and return only one of the ballots. If a voter marks and returns more than one party’s ballot, none of their votes will be counted.
I know which party’s primary I want to vote in. Can I pre-select my ballot?
Yes, unaffiliated voters may update their voter registration and declare a ballot preference in advance of the Primary Election at www.UChoose.CO.gov
Can I select a ballot preference other than Democratic or Republican Party?
Technically, yes, however, no other party is holding a Primary Election (in Summit County). What that means is that if you select another party other than the Democratic or Republican Party, you will still get those two major party ballots in the mail.
Does selecting a ballot preference change my party registration?
No. Declaring a ballot preference does not change your unaffiliated voter registration, this option simply means you will receive just one ballot in the mail for this election. However, your voting record (whether you participated in an election) is public and which ballot you returned is public (but not how you voted).
Does the ballot preference I pick become the ballot I get for every Primary Election?
No. Every Primary Election you will need to update your ballot preference and can select a different party’s primary to participate in.
Why can unaffiliated voters now participate in primary elections?
Colorado voters approved Proposition 108 in 2016, which allows unaffiliated voters to now participate in Colorado primary elections.
Can I choose not to receive a ballot at all?
Proposition 108 was approved by voters in 2016 and the way it is written along with accompanying statute passed by the Colorado legislature, does not currently allow for any voter to select an “opt out or do not mail” option. We must carry out the law as passed/written and send all unaffiliated voters both major party ballots (or the single ballot of their preference). Just like any other election that you do not want to participate in, simply tear (or write void) and discard/recycle your mail ballot.
How do I change my party affiliation?
Voters who are affiliated with a party will only receive the ballot for their affiliated party, if that party has a Primary ballot for the 2018 Primary Election. To change your affiliation, head to www.GoVoteColorado.com or click on the "Register/Update Registration" tab above. Affiliated voters must change or withdraw their affiliation by May 29, if desired.
For further information, visit the Secretary of State Primary Election FAQ.
2018 Precinct Caucus Information
The Summit County Clerk & Recorder’s Office does not conduct the precinct caucuses nor the delegate selection process. The caucuses are conducted by the political parties.
The following is information provided solely as a public service. Please contact your local political party for additional information and please see the Secretary of State Caucuses, Assemblies and Conventions FAQs for more information on the process.
What is a precinct caucus?
In each even-numbered year, the major political parties in Colorado hold their precinct caucuses on the first Tuesday in March. A precinct caucus is a neighborhood meeting conducted by the political parties, where affiliated voters may get involved in selecting delegates for their party’s County and State Assemblies.
What has changed for 2018?
There is still a Primary election in June. Unaffiliated voters can now vote in a primary election without changing their affiliation status. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can either declare a ballot preference on your voter registration record or you will be sent ballots for all parties conducting a primary election. However, you can only vote and return one party’s ballot. If you vote and return multiple ballots, none of your votes will be counted. Caucus is a completely separate process and voters still need to be affiliated with the party to participate.
Who may participate in caucus and what are the deadlines?
To vote in a precinct caucus an elector must be:
- Affiliation Deadline: Registered to vote and affiliated with the party no later than January 8, 2018
- Residential Address Deadline: If you have moved, you must have updated your residential address no later than February 5, 2018
Exception: If you turn 18 or become a U.S. citizen during the two-month period prior to the caucuses AND register to vote prior to the day of the caucuses, you may participate in the caucuses of the party you affiliated with when you registered.
How do I find out where my party’s caucus is?
Please contact your political party for information on local precinct caucus locations.
How do I know what precinct I am in?
You can find your precinct number, by looking up your registration at www.GoVoteColorado.com or contacting the Summit County Elections Division.
Skip the Lines! Vote Early & Vote by Mail
There are many ways to return your Mail Ballot. Once you've voted, placed your ballot into the secrecy sleeve that is provided to you within your ballot packet, seal the secrecy sleeve (that now contains the voted ballot) inside the return envelope. Then sign the back of your return envelope and you're ready to return your ballot.
- Affix postage to return envelope and place your ballot in the mail
- Drop off your ballot at any Summit County 24-hour ballot drop box
- Drop off your ballot at the Clerk & Recorder's office in Breckenridge
- Drop off your ballot to any Summit County VSPC on Election Day
24-HOUR BALLOT DROP BOXES
24-hour Ballot Drop Boxes will be opened the week of June 4, 2018 and closed at 7:00PM on Election Day (Tuesday, June 26, 2018)
- SILVERTHORNE: Summit County North Branch Library: 651 Center Circle
- FRISCO: Summit County Commons: 0037 Peak One Drive
- FRISCO: Town Hall: 1 Main Street
- BRECKENRIDGE: Summit County Historic Courthouse: 208 East Lincoln Avenue
- DILLON: Town Hall: 275 Lake Dillon Drive
IN-OFFICE BALLOT DROP-OFF
Clerk & Recorder's Office | Old County Courthouse - Main Floor located at 208 East Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO 80424
Week of June 4, 2018 through Election Day (Tuesday, June 26, 2018)
8:00am - 5:00pm (regular business hours)
VOTER SERVICE POLLING CENTER ELECTION DAY DROP OFF
Didn't get to the Post Office or one of the 24-hour drop boxes? No problem. On Election Day, swing by whichever Summit County Voter Service Polling Center is convenient for you with your Summit County ballot. Voter Service Polling Centers are open between 7:00AM and 7:00PM on Election Day.
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING
Didn't receive your Mail Ballot? New to Colorado?
Register to Vote, Update an Existing Voter Record, and Vote EARLY before Election Day in Breckenridge.
Note: you do not need to vote at the nearest polling center to your residence, but voters are required to vote within the COUNTY they reside in.
Election Day for the 2018 Primary is Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Early Voting Location: Old County Courthouse - Top Floor located at 208 East Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO 80424
The Early Voting Voter Service Polling Center will be open the following dates/times:
Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, June 22, 2018 and Monday, June 25, 2018 between 8:30AM-4:30PM
Saturday, June 23, 2018 between 8:00AM-12:00PM
ELECTION DAY IN-PERSON VOTING
Didn't receive your Mail Ballot?
Register to Vote, Update an Existing Voter Record, and Vote on Election Day at the below listed Voter Service Polling Center locations in Summit County. Note: you do not need to vote at the nearest polling center to your residence, but voters are required to vote within the COUNTY they reside in.
Election Day for the 2018 Primary is Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Summit County Voter Service Polling Centers (3) will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Election Day
Voter Service Polling Center (VSPC) Locations open on Election Day:
BRECKENRIDGE: OLD COUNTY COURTHOUSE
208 EAST LINCOLN AVENUE
FRISCO: COMMUNITY & SENIOR CENTER
83 NANCY'S PLACE
SILVERTHORNE: SILVERTHORNE PAVILION
400 BLUE RIVER PARKWAY
SKIP THE TRIP: Register to Vote Online
Register to vote -or- view or update your existing record online: Secretary of State's website.
In order to register to vote, you must be:
- United States Citizen
- 18 years or older on or before election day
- Completed and signed form (form not required if Registering online at www.GoVoteColorado.com)
- Colorado resident for at least 22 days before the election
REGISTER WITH A PAPER FORM
*Do not e-mail your Voter Registration form with PII (Personally Identifiable Information)
WITHDRAWAL/CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION
Important Dates for 2018 Summit County Primary Election
Ballots Mailed to Military & Overseas Voters: No later than May 12, 2018
Ballots Mailed to Active Registered Voters: Week of June 4, 2018
Early Voting: Mail Ballots: Week of June 4, 2018 through Monday, June 25, 2018 (can't make it to Breckenridge? Voters can utilize 24-hour drop-boxes located conveniently around the County or mail their ballots - click on "How to Cast Your Vote" tab for detailed information and locations).
Last Day to Register/Update Voter Record & Receive a Ballot by Mail: Monday, June 18, 2018
Election Day: Tuesday, June 26, 2018