Colorado candidates collect signatures to get on the ballot

State Rep. Su Ryden, an Aurora Democrat, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Capitol Friday for Military Appreciation Day. Ryden is collecting signatures to get on the ballot for her state Senate run.
State Rep. Su Ryden, an Aurora Democrat, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Capitol Friday for Military Appreciation Day. Ryden is collecting signatures to get on the ballot for her state Senate run.

Candidates who are planning to collect voter signatures to try to get on the June 28 primary ballot may start circulating their petitions today, although it’s likely the weather will crimp campaigning.

Collecting voter signatures is one way of getting on the ballot. Another is going through an assembly and receiving at least 30 percent of the delegate vote.

For candidates going the signature route, the petition format first must be approved by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. So far, 21 candidates have received the OK to proceed. Other candidates are waiting to have their petition formats approved.

A number of Republicans have lined up to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democratic incumbent. So far, five have had their petition formats approved.

Some candidates are collecting signatures and planning to go to their assemblies. That way if the assembly doesn’t work out, they will have the signatures to fall back on.

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