As part of a continuing effort to serve the citizens of El Paso County, increase voter participation, and to comply with Colorado law, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is mailing an Affiliation Notice to all unaffiliated voters in the county. Voters must be affiliated with a major political party (American Constitution, Democratic, or Republican) to participate in the Primary Election on June 24. The notice will outline the requirements, methods, and timeframes for a voter to affiliate with a major party.
“We certainly respect the right of all voters to affiliate or not to affiliate with any party they choose,” said El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. “With that in mind, our office will always do what we can to help all voters make their voice heard in our democratic process. These notices serve as a reminder for unaffiliated voters that they must affiliate with a political party if they would like to vote in the June Primary.”
An unaffiliated voter has many options to accomplish an affiliation change. If a voter has a valid Colorado driver’s license the easiest method is by visiting www.GoVoteColorado.com and clicking the link for “Manage My Registration” under the “My Registration” portion of the page. An unaffiliated voter also may complete a Voter Registration form (which will be included with the notice) or visit one of the four Clerk and Recorder Offices during normal business hours. A completed form also may be returned to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by one of three convenient methods:
§ By U.S. mail to: Election Department, P.O. Box 2007, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2007;
§ By fax to (719) 520-7327 or
§ As an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any affiliation change must be made on or before June 16 to receive a mail ballot. Any affiliation change between June 17 and 24 will have to be made at one of the Clerk and Recorder’s four offices.
It also should be noted that nothing in Colorado law prohibits a voter who has affiliated in order to participate in the Primary from re-registering as an unaffiliated voter once their vote has been cast.