The ballots are out for Colorado’s March 3 primary election. And it feels like new, because it has been 20 years since we could vote in a primary.
This means, as always, that my ballot is sitting on the dining room table, so I can see it whenever I walk by the table and feel guilty because it has not yet been filled in (with one little bit of ink).
There are 17 names on my ballot, although four of those with big name recognition are no longer in the race. There are some other names I do not recognize, but they have qualified to be on the ballot. So, now, it’s time to figure this out.
The Colorado Independent has posted a piece that covers just about everything anyone needs to know about the upcoming primary election (and also the caucuses and a new wrinkle in the primary). Some candidates have already dropped by to visit Colorado, but several more in the race are heading to our state to remind us who they are.
Our next visitors include Chasten Buttigieg to campaign for his husband as well as candidate Pete Buttigieg himself, candidate Bernie Sanders, candidate Joe Biden, and deep-pockets candidate Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg might be on the Las Vegas debate stage on February 19, after the Democratic National Committee changed a rule. As The New York Times noted in a February 7 story, “To meet the latest polling threshold, candidates must earn 10 percent in four qualifying national polls or 12 percent in two polls taken in Nevada or South Carolina by a qualifying pollster.” (Bloomberg has already met that requirement in one poll.)
Not only is Colorado’s primary back, the state is now part of Super Tuesday, which is somewhat daunting because of the number of states and territories involved (including Democrats living abroad): Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont.
Dear Coloradans: Do the right thing. Show up, and vote.
Links below lead to all of this, including, as always, the Denver Elections Division, which has many answers online.