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Last day to change your party affiliation

Dear Editor:

Due to recent changes in Colorado’s election calendar, the 2012 primary election will be held on June 26, about five weeks earlier than in years past. As a result, the statutory deadlines to change party affiliation and register to vote are upon us.

May 25 is the deadline for a voter to change his or her party affiliation in order to vote the ballot of the new party at the primary election. Note that this deadline only applies to voters whose voter-registration records currently reflect an affiliation with a political party because state law permits unaffiliated voters to declare a party affiliation during early voting or at the polls on Election Day and vote that party’s ballot.

Tuesday is the voter-registration deadline for the primary election.

Individuals who have a valid (non-expired) Colorado driver’s license or identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue can register to vote or change their party affiliation, residence address or mailing address by using the online voter-registration system at http://www.govotecolorado.com. (The orange radio button on the homepage of Pitkin County’s election website – http://www.pitkin

votes.org – also links to the state online voter-registration system.) Individuals who are not able or choose not to use the online voter-registration system should call the Pitkin County Elections Department at 970-429-2705. We’ll be happy to send you the proper form by U.S. mail, email or fax, and you also can return the completed and signed form to us in any of those manners you find most convenient.

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Dwight K. Shellman III

Pitkin County election manager