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 DENVER – The top federal prosecutor in Colorado this week outlined procedures to ensure the integrity of the election process.

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Bonnie Davis, Libertarian candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner Dist. 1, said growing up in small towns and third world countries taught her a great deal about tolerance and empathy for all people.

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Hannah Hannah, Republican candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner Dist. 1, said that growing up with her varied background taught her how to build relationships with all different types of demographics.

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Keith Baker, incumbent Democratic candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner Dist. 1, said there are three things he strives for as county commissioner; building community, preserving heritage and preparing for the future. 

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Coloradans will have plenty of choices on their national ballots, with 24 pairs running for president and vice president, eight candidates for U.S. Senator and four candidates for Colorado’s 5th congressional district, among others.

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Ron Hanks, of Fremont County, is running for the seat representing Colorado House District 60 in the November election.

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Lori Boydston, of Salida, is running for the seat representing Colorado House District 60 in the November election.

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Ballots will be mailed to voters in Chaffee County on Monday, so they can expect to receive them next week, County Clerk Lori Mitchell said. 

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Chaffee County commissioner candidate Hannah Hannah has two Internal Revenue Service tax liens against her, one from 2006-2007 for $35,959.31 and another from 2010-2011 for $30,266.78.

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The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will host two virtual candidate forums, one at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and the other at 6 p.m. Oct. 6. 

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As the November election approaches, voters are encouraged to  check their voter registration information to make sure their information is correct and up-to-date.

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Chaffee County Democrats kicked off the election season with several small rallies to introduce local candidates.

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Nearly 50 people attended Buena Vista Event Cooperative’s Fourth of July forum of candidates at the Roastery Saturday.

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Former Colorado Governor and onetime presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper won the Democratic primary race for United States Senator against Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, according to unofficial election results released by the Secretary of State …

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Buena Vista – The race for Chaffee County commissioner representing northern Chaffee County, including Buena Vista, is now three way with Libertarian Bonnie Davis throwing her hat into the ring.

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Drive-through voting for the primary election is now open in Thonhoff Park from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. It will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 30, Election Day.

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Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell released copies of the preliminary ballots that county residents will receive in the mail for the June 30 primary election.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with county clerks, has enacted a series of temporary emergency rules that outline procedures for conducting elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff will face off against former Gov. John Hickenlooper June 30 in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate race.

Romanoff received the most votes Saturday at the 2020 Colorado Democratic State Assembly, according to a press release.

Hickenlooper turned in enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot and did not participate in the assembly process.

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Chaffee County Democrats voted for their preferred candidates for U.S. senator and 5th Congressional District representative Saturday during a virtual County Assembly and Convention.

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While former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff won the Colorado Democratic Party caucus preference poll with a collective 8,629 votes, former Gov. John Hickenlooper led in the Chaffee County caucus.

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As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s website reported that Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was leading the state with 314,984 votes, 36.33 percent; Vice President Joe Biden received 210,640 votes, 24.29 percent; Michael Bloomberg 168,747 votes, 19.46 percent; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren 152,122 votes, 17.54 percent.

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During Super Tuesday’s presidential primary, Chaffee County chose Bernie Sanders with 1,494 votes, that is 35.73 percent of votes cast in the Democratic primary. 

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Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell said that as of end of business Monday, her office had received 6,740 ballots, and 49 people had voted in person.

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With the Democratic presidential primary field changing, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold reminds voters that if they have already returned a ballot for a candidate who has withdrawn they are not able to vote again.

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Chaffee County Republicans honored state Rep. Jim and Kristi Wilson Saturday at the Lincoln Day Dinner.

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Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell reported that as of Sunday, 5,978 ballots for the presidential primary have been returned of the 13,711 mailed out, or about 43.6 percent.

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Chaffee County has 3,753 returned ballots for the March 3 Presidential Primary as of Tuesday, Colorado Secretary of State’s office reported. 

Of those 1,032 were Democratic ballots, 1,635 were Republican and 1,086 were still in process.

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Brian Berger, town clerk, will cancel Poncha Spring’s 2020 election for new board members after trustees unanimously passed a resolution Monday.

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The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of both women’s right to vote and the League of Women Voters with a drinks and dialogue session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Salida Rotary Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave.

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Ballots are being mailed to voters this week for Colorado’s March 3 presidential primary, the first in state history in which unaffiliated voters will be able to participate.

It is also the first presidential primary to be held in the state since 2000. In the interim the state used the caucus system.

In 2016, Colorado voters approved Proposition 107, which restored primary elections in Colorado in presidential election years.

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The lead-up to Election Day on Nov. 3 will be a little different this year for Colorado, which will conduct both a Super Tuesday presidential primary and a separate caucus for other state races.

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The Elections Division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday three initiatives have been approved for the 2020 general election ballot: Proposed Initiative 107, also known as the Restoration of Gray Wolves; Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum; and Initiative 76, also known as the Citizen Qualification of Electors.

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Colorado will hold its first presidential primary in 20 years on March 3, and the ballot has been finalized following the filing deadline of 5 p.m. Monday.

March 3 is Super Tuesday, when several other states hold their primaries, including California, Massachusetts, Texas and Utah.

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