Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will my Primary ballot be mailed?
 Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed the week of October 17, 2016.

Q. What if I do not receive my ballot in the mail?
If you have not received your ballot within a week of the ballots being mailed, contact the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-641-7927. They can verify that your voter registration record is current and active. If your record is current and active, they can mail you a replacement ballot. 

Q. I will be out of town when the ballots are mailed. How will I get a ballot?
Contact the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-641-7927, or complete a Voter Registration Application to have the ballot mailed to your location. 

Q. What do I do if I make a mistake, damage, or lose my ballot?
You need to contact the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 970-641-7927, or stop by the Blackstock Government Center at the Clerk & Recorder's Office, 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison, to request a replacement ballot. 

Q. How long do I have to request a replacement ballot?
You can request a replacement ballot to be mailed to you up until the 8th day before the election. For the General Election that day is October 31, 2016. After this date you will need to apply in person at the Clerk & Recorder's Office to obtain a replacement ballot. This can be done up to and including Election Day, November 8, 2016.
NOTE: Your ballot has been cast as soon as you deposit it in the mail or at a drop site. After that, you cannot receive a replacement ballot.

Q. What if I have moved and have not updated my address on my voter registration?
You can submit a Voter Registration Application to the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office in person at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison, or by mail to 221 N. Wisconsin St. Gunnison, CO 81230. You can also go online, www.govotecolorado.com, to update your information and have a ballot mailed to you up until October 31, 2016. After this date, you will need to come in person at the Blackstock Government Center at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison, up to and including Election Day, November 8, 2016, and have a ballot issued to you. 

Q. Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
No, you have the option to return your ballot by mail, or drop it in the secure 24hr drop box located at the Blackstock Government Center

Q. How much postage is required if I return my ballot by mail?
You can return your ballot by mail with adequate postage. 

Q. Can I return more than one ballot in the same envelope?
No. You may only return one ballot per signature envelope.

Q. When do I need to return my voted ballot?
Your ballot must be RECEIVED in the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office by 7:00 pm on election night, November 8, 2016.
POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT.

Q. If I do not vote on all candidates or measures will my ballot be counted?
Your ballot will be counted for the measures and candidates you did cast a vote for. 

Q. Will my vote be counted if I forgot to put my ballot in the secrecy sleeve?
Yes, your vote will still be counted. 

Q. What happens if I forgot to sign my return envelope?
You will be contacted by the Clerk & Recorder's Office in writing to obtain your signature before your ballot can be counted. 

Q. How will I know you have received my ballot? 
You can check your ballot status online at www.govotecolorado.com or contact the Gunnison County Clerk & Recorder's Office at 970-641-7927. 

Q. When will the election results be known?
Election results will only be announced after 7:00 pm on election night.   

Q. Does Colorado hold a presidential Primary Election?
No. In 2003, Colorado passed a measure to eliminate the presidential primary.  The estimated savings generated by cancellation of the presidential primary is $2.2 million.  Instead, Colorado uses a caucus process.

Q. What is caucus?
Caucuses are held by the political parties on the first Tuesday in March.  In a presidential election year, a political party has the option to hold its precinct caucuses on the first Tuesday in February.  The persons receiving the highest number of votes are the precinct caucus are the delegates to the county assembly from the precinct.  Contact your political party for additional information relating to caucus and party rules.

Q. What political parties are recognized in Colorado?
A list of the current Colorado political parties is listed online.