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Presidential Primary Ballots Will Include Candidates Who Have Withdrawn

Even though candidates may publicly announce their withdrawal in the media or other places, votes will be counted if the candidates do not file the appropriate paperwork in Colorado.

Presidential Primary ballots are being mailed to voters this week, but those ballots will include names of candidates who have withdrawn from the primary race.  Candidates who did not withdraw before the ballots were certified on January 3 will appear on the ballot.  Unless a candidate has officially filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office, votes for withdrawn candidates who appear on the ballot will still be counted by county clerks.   

As of Thursday, February 13, only Maryland Congressman John Delaney and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (Watch Video) have submitted the proper paperwork to withdraw from Colorado’s Democratic Presidential Primary, meaning votes for those two candidates will not be counted.  Even though candidates may publicly announce their withdrawal in the media or other places, votes will be counted if the candidates do not file the appropriate paperwork in Colorado.

When a candidate officially withdraws, notification will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website and county clerks will make similar notifications at their respective Voting Center and Polling Places.       

For more information on Colorado’s Presidential Primary and all upcoming elections, please visit www.sos.state.co.us.  Coloradans can update and verify voter registration, register to vote online, or find their Voting Services Polling Center at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.

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