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Posted on: May 11, 2016

County Clerk Installs 24-Hour Ballot Boxes in Time for June Primaries

Photo of a white ballot box at the upper entrance to the County Commons building.

Deadline to change party affiliation for primary elections is May 27

Kathy Neel, Summit County Clerk and Recorder970-453-3471,

SUMMIT COUNTY – To make voting more convenient for Summit County residents, the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has installed three 24-hour drop boxes throughout the county. Voters may drop off their ballots in the new boxes at any time between June 6 and 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 28.

“Our 24-hour ballot boxes are under continuous video surveillance, and we’ll do a pickup at each one on a daily basis, so voters can rest assured that their ballots are secure,” Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel said. “These drop boxes have been very successful in other counties in Colorado, so we’re excited to provide Summit County voters with this convenience.”

Voters can find the new drop boxes at the following locations:

  • Summit County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge (north side of the building)
  • Summit County Commons, 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco (near library entrance)
  • Summit County North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne (near main entrance).

In preparation for the upcoming 2016 primary election, the deadline to change or withdraw a party affiliation is Friday, May 27, for citizens who wish to vote in a different party’s election.

Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail. On June 6, the Summit County Election Office will mail primary ballots to all Summit County voters affiliated with a political party. Unaffiliated voters will not automatically receive ballots in the mail; they must first affiliate with a political party.

“If you’re planning to participate in a primary election, it’s important to verify that you’re affiliated with a party and that your mailing address is up to date,” Neel said.

Unaffiliated voters may declare affiliation with a political party at any time before or on Election Day by visiting the Summit County Election Office, located in the Summit County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge. In Colorado, only voters affiliated with a given party may participate in that party’s primary election.

The candidates nominated through each party’s primary election will appear on the November general election ballot.

Citizens wishing to vote in the primary election in person, rather than by mail, may do so at the Voter Service and Polling Center at the County Courthouse, beginning June 20. Voters may also submit their ballots in person on Election Day at the County Courthouse, the County Commons in Frisco or the Silverthorne Pavilion.

Visit or call the Summit County Election Office at 970-453-3479 to register to vote; to verify, withdraw or change your party affiliation; or to verify or change your mailing address.

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