Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Scott McInnis vs. Dan Maes and more: Mail-in ballots are your ticket to fight night

Ballots should start hitting mailboxes today in the 46 (out of 64) counties that are conducting the August 10 primary solely by mail-in ballot. The only mailboxes that will get ballots belong to voters who are already registered to one of the major political parties that have contested races -- but for unaffiliated voters, it's not too late to get into the fun. And this election is getting more fun by the minute.

Ken Buck and Jane Norton are taking swings at each other in their fight for the Republican Senate nomination, Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet are now doing the same for the Democratic Senate nomination, and just about everyone is taking swings at Scott McInnis and Dan Maes.

Unaffiliated voters -- who account for a third of the Colorado electorate -- can affiliate with a party up until August 10 and vote in that party's races. Denver will have thirteen vote centers around the city where they can do so.

For other county rules, check with the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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