All about U — and the ballots U mailed to your clerk

The wooden U decorated by the United States Postal Service in Colorado.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”  but mailing back both the Republican and Democratic ballot will keep your vote from being counted in this primary election.

Thanks to our partners at the United States Postal Service for decorating one of the wooden U’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out as part of the UChooseCO campaign. Postal spokesman David Rupert decorated the U.

“Voting twice is good for postage revenue for USPS but bad for elections. Dont do it,” @USPS_Colorado tweeted.

David Rupert with the United States Postal Service and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at a UChooseCO event June 14 outside the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In fact, don’t mail your ballots. It’s too late. It doesn’t matter if they are post marked before June 26 — they must be to the clerk by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Instead, drop them in one of the 24-hour drop boxes or bring them by a Voter Service and Polling Center located in your county (check your clerk for locations).

Secretary Williams launched the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. If they turn in both the Republican and Democratic ballot neither will count. Repeat after me. NEITHER BALLOT WILL COUNT.

The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

So far, 538,738 Coloradans have returned ballots for the primary election Tuesday. Of that total, 207,881 ballots were cast by Democrats, 207,955 by Republicans and 122,902 by unaffiliated voters.

Secretary Williams visits Jackson, Grand county clerks

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with Jackson County Clerk Hayle Johnson and her staff in Walden on Monday. In the foreground is Johnson, who is standing, then Deputy Clerk Margaret Caulk and Deputy Clerk Tammi Gonzales behind the computer screen. (SOS photo)

Monday was the first day that county clerks could mail ballots to in-state voters, which made for interesting visits when Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stopped in Jackson and Grand counties that day.

The number of active voters in scenic Jackson County is only 983, which is why they hand count their ballots, Clerk Hayle Johnson said.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene loaded boxes with ballots into the back of a truck to deliver to the post office. (SOS photo)

The secretary then headed south to equally beautiful Grand County, where Clerk Sara Rosene, her staff and election judges loaded boxes filled with ballots into two large county vehicles in a race to get them to the Post Office.

“As someone who used to be a clerk and recorder, I know the work that goes into getting ballots to the voters,” said Williams, who worked in El Paso County before being elected secretary of state in 2014.

All clerks in Colorado are mailing a record number of ballots for this election because it’s the first time in history unaffiliated voters can automatically participate in the primary elections. In the past, those voters did not receive primary ballots unless they affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic party.

The number of active Republican and unaffiliated voters in Grand is nearly the same, 4,299 to 4,148, respectively, with Democrats trailing at 2,415 voters. But Republicans rule the roost in Jackson, with 677 active GOP voters, while there are 196 unaffiliated voters and 99 Democrats. Both counties have small numbers of third-party voters, who won’t be participating in the primary because they have no contested races.

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