Primary election information

Staff Writer

Ballots for the June 24 primary election, which is being held as a mail ballot election, have been mailed.

Early voting for the primary begins Monday, June 16 and will take place in the elections office, located on the basement level of the courthouse.

In order to vote in the primary election, voters must be affiliated with a major political party (Democratic, Republican or American Constitutional).

Ballots were mailed only to active voters affiliated with a party.

However, that does not mean others cannot vote in the election.

Unaffiliated or new voters may affiliate up to and including June 24. Those currently affiliated with a party may no longer change that affiliation for the primary election.

Voted ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.

In anticipation of the election, the Archuleta County League of Women Voters will host a forum for the Republican primary commissioner and sheriff candidates on Wednesday, June 11, in the south conference room of the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The forum will begin at 6 p.m. and will include candidate presentations and a time for questions and answers. For more information on the LWV forum, call Mary Beth McAuley at 264-2566 or email

Anyone with additional questions concerning the election can call the elections office at 264-8331.


If you have a valid Colorado driver’s license or state identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue, you can affiliate with a political party or update your voter registration information by visiting

You can also complete a Change in Voter Registration Information form. That form was included on the back of the affiliation notice mailed to unaffiliated voters in May. Once completed, that form should be returned to the elections office via one of the following methods:

• Mail to P.O. Box 2589, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2589;

• Fax to 264-8562;

• Email the completed form as an attachment to; or

• In person at the Voting Service and Polling Center (elections office).

If you are not registered to vote, you can do so up to and including the date of the election if you register in person at the elections office.

You can register to vote at the elections office or on using your Colorado driver’s license number.