Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation moving the Primary date from the second Tuesday in August to the last Tuesday in June. This action will take place beginning next year when the Primary falls on June 26, 2012.
“A June Primary will ensure that our military and overseas voters will receive an accurate and authentic ballot with ample time for delivery,” Secretary of State Scott Gessler said. “For in-state voters, instead of voting after summer vacations, Coloradans will need to cast their Primary ballots before they leave for family reunions and fireworks.”
Congress passed legislation in 2009 mandating that states mail ballots to overseas voters 45 days ahead of the election. Colorado’s late Primary and recount provisions created very short timelines for county clerks to meet the federal mandate.