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Elections

Lincoln County Elections

Contact us:

 

Office Phone (719) 743-2444
Office Fax (719) 743-2524
103 3rd Avenue, PO Box 67
Hugo, CO 80821
Email: clengel@lincolncountyco.us

Register to vote here

 

Lincoln County Legislators

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Senator Rod Pelton

Senate District 35
E-mail: rod.pelton.senate@coleg.gov
Webpage: Rod Pelton

Representative Rod Bockenfeld

House District 56
E-mail: rod.bockenfeld.house@coleg.gov

Webpage: Rod Bockenfeld

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What's on the ballot?

CERTIFIED LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR LINCOLN COUNTY, COLORADO
2024 PRESIDENITAL PRIMARY ELECTION

TO THE ELECTORS OF LINCOLN COUNTY, COLORADO:
According to the provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes 1-5-205(1) (a) through 1-5-205 (1) (d), 1-5-205 (4), and 1-7.5-107, I, Corinne M. Lengel, Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder, do hereby give notice that a mail-in ballot Presidential Primary Election will occur on March 5, 2024, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.   

Mail voted ballots to: 
Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder
PO Box 67
Hugo, CO 80821
Must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day – postmarks do not count!

Drop off voted ballots:                                                  
February 13 through March 5  (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F; 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day)
Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder                           
Lincoln County Courthouse                          
103 3rd Avenue                                     
Hugo, CO 80821                        

24-hour drop-boxes (open at 5:00 p.m. on February 12 and close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day):
Limon Town Hall                                                                                         
100 Civic Center Drive             
Limon, CO 80828

Lincoln County Courthouse
103 3rd Avenue
Hugo, CO 80821

VSPC (Voter Service and Polling Center) - Ballot drop-off/In-person voting:
Monday through Friday (February 26 through March 4) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (March 2) 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Tuesday, March 5 (Election Day) 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder                                       
Lincoln County Courthouse
103 3rd Avenue
Hugo, CO 80821

ADA accessible voting machines available at this location.
     
I, Corinne M. Lengel, Clerk and Recorder of Lincoln County, Colorado, do hereby certify that the sample ballot posted in the county clerk’s office and available on the county website is a true, complete, and correct list of all candidate nominations for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election, as the names appear on the original certifications filed in my office.  
                                                                   

Corinne M. Lengel

Lincoln County Clerk & Recorder

February 2, 2024

Sample Ballots:

                                                                                              

Voters are encouraged to verify the accuracy of their voter registration at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.  If a voter has concerns that their mailed ballot won’t reach the Clerk’s office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Night, they can always deposit it in one of our two secure, 24-hour drop boxes starting on February 26, 2024.  Drop-boxes are located at 100 Civic Center Drive (the east side of Limon Town Hall), Limon, and at 103 3rd Avenue (in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse) in Hugo.  Voters should call (719) 743-2444 with questions or concerns.

Key dates for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election: 

Feb. 12 

  • Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation to vote in a different party's primary election  

  • First day to mail ballots to voters

  • 24-hour drop boxes open at the Limon town hall and in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse (5:00 p.m.)

Feb. 14

  • Last day to affiliate with the Republican party to participate in the March 7 precinct caucuses (no later than 22 days before)

  • Last day a voter can update their address to participate in the March 7 party precinct caucuses. (must be a resident of the precinct for 22 days and registered to vote no later than 22 days before the precinct caucus)  

Feb. 16

  • Last day to affiliate with the Democratic party to participate in the March 9 precinct caucuses (no later than 22 days before)

  • Last day a voter can update their address to participate in the March 9 party precinct caucuses. (must be a resident of the precinct for 22 days and registered to vote no later than 22 days before the precinct caucus) 

Feb. 19 

  • PRESIDENTS’ DAY – county offices closed

Feb. 24

  • Last day to post signs for the March 7 party precinct caucuses. (no later than 12 days before) 

Feb. 26 to March 5 

  • Voter Service and Polling Centers open

  • Lincoln County has one VSPC – the Lincoln County Clerk’s office (open 8:00 to 4:30 M-F and 8:00 to noon on Saturday, March 2)

Feb. 26

  • Last day to post signs for the March 9 party precinct caucuses (no later than 12 days before) 

  • Last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail (through the 8th day before an election) 

Feb. 29

  • First day that county must begin accepting public comments regarding the designation of VSPCs for the 2024 General Election (250 days before a general election)

Mar.  2

  • VSPC open from 8:00 a.m. until noon

Mar.  5

  • Presidential Primary Election Day – Clerk’s office open for election business only

Mar.  7

  • Democratic Party precinct caucuses and County Assembly (6:00 p.m.)

  • Republican Party precinct caucuses (7:00 p.m.)

Mar.  14

  • Republican Party County Assembly (7:00 p.m.)

Campaign Finance (candidate revenue and expenditure reporting) is handled by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office at the link below.  Campaign Finance is a mandatory requirement according to state law and failure to file may result in heavy fines.  Candidates wishing to run for any public office (including school board, fire department, or other special district candidates) must submit their original, paper copy of the Candidate Affidavit to the Colorado Secretary of State using the TRACER electronic filing system.  Once received, the SOS will send an email confirmation to the candidate, along with a unique login and password.  All future reports must be filed electronically through the SOS.  Direct all questions to the Colorado Secretary of State’s campaign finance team at cpfhelp@sos.state.co.us, or by calling (303) 894-2200 ext. 6383.

A copy of the Candidate Affidavit must be submitted to the County Clerk, along with the signed and notarized Candidate Acceptance and Designation and Declaration of Qualification form, which will ensure the candidate ballot access through the assembly process, by petition, or as a write-in candidate.  Obtain your Campaign and Political Finance 2023 County Filing Calendar here.

  1. Am I eligible to vote?

In order to determine your eligibility in upcoming elections, you can either visit www.govotecolorado.gov, or contact the county clerk’s office at (719) 743-2444, PO Box 67, Hugo, CO 80821, or clengel@lincolncountyco.us.  You must have lived in the state of Colorado at least twenty-two (22) days prior to the election in order to vote on state and local issues. govotecolorado.gov also has excellent information regarding any election questions you may have.

  1. How do I register?  What’s the deadline?

You have several options when it comes to registering to vote: 

  • You may submit an application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license office, or a voter registration drive NO LATER THAN twenty-two (22) days before the election, unless the twenty-second day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which case you have until the next business day following the Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday;
  • You may register through a high school registrar;
  • You may pick up an application at the Limon Town Hall, but it will need to be mailed to the Lincoln County Clerk, PO Box 67, Hugo, CO 80821;
  • You may use the on-line voter registration system at www.govotecolorado.gov through the eighth (8) day prior to an election;
  • You may appear in-person at the county clerk’s office during normal registration hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for legal holidays); or
  • You may appear in-person at the Voter Service and Polling Center during normal hours of operation.
  1. What's on the ballot?
  • Sample Ballots:

      4. Where do I go to vote? 

Colorado law requires county clerks to conduct all elections as mail-in ballot elections.  Ballots will be sent to the current address in the voter system for all active, registered voters of the major political parties.  Unless they indicated a preference, active unaffiliated voters will receive both major party ballots.  Unaffiliated voters must return only one of these ballots for their vote to count.  It is the voter’s responsibility to update their address if it changes.                    

     5. Can I vote on voting equipment even if I got a ballot in the mail?

Disabled Access Units are available in the county clerk’s office at the same time that mail ballots are sent out.  However, if you intend to use this option, you MUST surrender your mail ballot at the time that you come in to vote on the equipment.

  1. How do I know if my record is active?

You can visit www.govotecolorado.gov to verify your voting status and make necessary changes to your record. You must contact the county clerk’s office to find out if you will automatically receive a ballot in the mail.  Inactive voters are still eligible to vote, but they must request a ballot from the clerk’s office.

  1. What do I do if I don’t receive a ballot in the mail?

Contact the county clerk’s office and ask if your record is active and what address we have on file for you.  Always make sure your address is updated prior to an election.  Changing your address on your vehicle registration does not automatically change your voter record.

  1. Do I need to provide ID to vote?

Only voters who have “ID” marked on their outer ballot envelope need to provide ID with their mail-in ballot.  Please do not place the copy of ID inside the secrecy sleeve with your ballot if you are required to provide ID.

  1. What are the deadlines for military and overseas (UOCAVA) voters to return their ballots?

Ballots from military and overseas voters must be received in the county clerk’s office no later than eight days after the election, in order to be counted.  Only UOCAVA voters or voters who have received letters due to signature discrepancies are allowed additional time after Election Day.

  1.  What if I forget to sign my ballot envelope or my signature does not match what is on file?

The clerk will send letters to voters who neglect to sign their ballot envelope or whose signatures do not match their records in the voter registration system.  Signatures may change over time, but voters should try to sign their ballot envelope as closely as possible to the signature in their registration record.  Driver's license records now transfer to the voter registration system, so it is possible that signatures will update automatically. 

  1.  What if I accidentally use my spouse’s return envelope or vote my spouse’s ballot instead of my own?

This happens frequently.  Please contact the clerk’s office at (719) 743-2444 so that we can help you with this issue.

  1. How can I get results on election night?

You can view the results here or call (719) 743-2444.

Provisional Ballot Status

To see the status of your provisional ballot go to www.sos.state.co.us/Voter/provLookup.do or www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/provLookup.do approximately 2 weeks after the election.

Register to vote at www.sos.state.co.us or pick up copy of the current registration form in person, ID required.

Precinct Map
School District Map

Important Information:

The Lincoln County Courthouse, located at 103 3rd Avenue in Hugo, will be the only Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) location available for ballot drop-off and replacement, voter registration, or party affiliation and other voter registration changes.  Electors can always update their voter records by visiting www.govotecolorado.gov, which is an extremely easy way to change an address or party affiliation.  Records updated through this method are received in the county clerk’s office and checked on a daily basis but must be done no later than eight days prior to Election Day.

VSPC hours of operation:   Monday through Friday, October 30 through November 7, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 4, from 8:00 a.m. until noon; and Election Day (November 7) from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

VSPC functions:   Voter registration, ballot drop-off, replacement ballots (if lost, spoiled, or never received), and changes to name, address, or party affiliation.

Make sure your vote counts!
The ballot you receive in the mail is your official election ballot.

  • Vote your ballot, sign the affirmation on the return envelope, and return it via mail with proper postage.  Allow sufficient time for mail delivery.  Due to changes in postal service processing times and load-leveling, mail is not always processed and delivered on a daily basis.
  • Concerned we won’t receive your ballot on time?
    o   Drop your voted ballot off at the Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder’s office/VSPC at 103 3rd Avenue in Hugo until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Ballots received after 7:00 p.m. do not count
    o   Use the 24-hour drop box located on the east side of the Limon Town Hall (the Police Department side) or the 24-hour drop box located in front of the Courthouse. Again, ballots received after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day will not count.
  • It is against the law for one party to drop off more than ten ballots on behalf of any other party in any election - 1-7.5-107 (4) (b) (1) (B), C.R.S.

Signing the affirmation on the return ballot envelope:  (1-7.5-107.3, C.R.S.)

  • Signatures on each return envelope are compared with the signature of the eligible elector stored in the statewide voter registration system.
  • If the signatures do not match, the county clerk must send a letter explaining the discrepancy to the voter (along with a form for the voter to confirm that he/she returned a ballot to the county clerk and recorder) within three days after confirming the signature deficiency.
  • If the clerk receives the confirmation form within eight days after Election Day, and if the ballot is otherwise valid, the ballot will be counted. 
  • If the voter returns the form indicating that he/she did not return a ballot to the county clerk and recorder, or if the voter does not return the form within eight days after Election Day, the self-affirmation on the return envelope shall be categorized as incorrect and the ballot will not be counted.
  • The county clerk and recorder shall send copies of the eligible voter’s signature on the return envelope and the signature stored in the statewide voter registration system to the district attorney for investigation. 
  • If a mail ballot envelope is not signed, the clerk must send a letter notifying the voter that he or she can affix a signature within eight calendar days after the election.

What if the voter cannot sign the affirmation for some reason?

  • A signature stamp is acceptable for the voter.
  • Power of Attorney is not acceptable; a POA is not recognized for voter registration, changes, or voting purposes. 
  • The voter needs to attempt to sign the affirmation as best as they can and have someone witness their signature on the witness line. 

1-13-106 C.R.S. - Forgery.  Any person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits any ballot before or after it has been cast, or who forges any name of a person as a signer or witness to a petition or nomination paper, or who forges any letter of acceptance, declination, or withdrawal, or who forges the name of a registered elector to a voter’s mail-in or mail ballot commits forgery as set forth in section 18-5-102, C.R.S., and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-401, C.R.S.

C.R.S. 1-13-705 - Personating elector.   Any person who falsely personates any elector and votes at any election provided by law under the name of such elector shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than eighteen months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Designation of Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) Location

2024 General Election

 

For general elections, each county clerk and recorder shall designate a minimum number of voter service and polling centers, as follows [1-5-102.9 (1) (a), C.R.S.]:

 

For counties with fewer than ten thousand (10,000) active electors, during the fifteen-day period prior to and including the day of the election (with the exception of Sundays), at least one voter service and polling center [1-5-102.9 (1) (a) (IV)]. 

 

In designating voter service and polling center locations, each county clerk and recorder shall consider the following factors to address the needs of the county [1-5-102.9 (c) (I)]:

 

  1. Proximity of public transportation lines and availability of parking

  2. Geographic features, such as mountain passes, that tend to affect access and convenience

  3. Equitable distribution across the county so as to afford maximally convenient options for electors

  4. The existence and location of population centers

  5. Access for persons with disabilities 

  6. Use of existing voting locations that typically serve a significant number of electors

  7. Use of public buildings that are known to electors in the county, especially to the extent that using such buildings results in cost savings compared to other potential locations 

  8. When private locations are considered or designated as voter service and polling centers in accordance with Section 1-5-105 (3), methods and standards to ensure the security of voting conducted at such locations.”

  9. Proximity to historically under-represented communities.

 

Clerk Lengel has designated the Lincoln County Courthouse as the Voter Service and Polling Center for the 2024 General Election for the following reasons:

 

  1. It is the most centrally located area benefitting all registered voters

  2. It has available and adequate accessibility for persons with disabilities

  3. It is currently used as the voting location for “early voting” 

  4. It is a public building known and utilized by most electors in the county 

  5. It provides the most cost savings compared to other potential locations 

 

Send written comments to:

Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder

PO Box 67 

Hugo, CO 80821

or clengel@lincolncountyco.us 

Deadline:  Monday, April 29, 2024

 

MAJOR POINTS:

  1. All elections will be Mail Ballot Elections
  • Beginning July 1, 2013, all General, Primary, Congressional Vacancy, Coordinated, Odd-Year and Recall elections conducted by or coordinated with the County Clerk must be Mail Ballot elections
  1. Establishment of Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC)
  • Coordinated (odd-year November) and Primary (even-year June) Elections require that counties with fewer than 25,000 active electors maintain one (1) VSPC
  • General Elections (even-year November) require that a minimum number of voter service and polling centers be designated as follows:
  • For counties with fewer than 10,000 active electors: during the period designated for early voting and on election day, at least one (1) VSPC
  • The Lincoln County VSPC will be in the county clerk’s office at the Lincoln County Courthouse – 103 3rd Avenue, Hugo, Colorado
  1.  Mail Ballot Drop-off Locations
  • Only counties with at least 25,000 active electors are required to provide stand-alone drop-off locations on the date of a General Election and on the Saturday and Monday immediately preceding the date of a General Election
  • Lincoln County will have three drop-off locations for mail ballots:  
    • the county clerk’s office in the Lincoln County Courthouse, 103 3rd Avenue, Hugo, Colorado.
      • Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Stand-alone drop-box on the east side of the Limon town hall at 100 Civic Center Drive, Limon, Colorado.
      • Open 24-hours a day beginning February 26, 2024.
    • Stand-alone drop-box at the Courthouse entrance.
      • Open 24-hours a day beginning February 26, 2024.
    • Drop-off locations close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day
  1.  Registration Requirements - Deadlines
  • An elector is permitted to vote in any Primary, Presidential, General, Coordinated, Special Legislative, Municipal, Congressional Vacancy, Special District or other election if he or she timely registers to vote before or on the date of such election
  • An elector may timely register to vote by:
    • Submitting an application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license office, or a voter registration drive NO LATER THAN twenty-two (22) days before the election, unless the twenty-second day is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, in which case the elector may register the next business day;
    • Registering through a high school registrar;
    • Using the on-line voter registration system through the eighth (8) day prior to an election;
    • Appearing in-person at the county clerk’s office during normal registration hours;
    • Appearing in-person at the Voter Service and Polling Center during normal hours of operation
  1.  Residency Requirements
  • Elector must have resided in the state of Colorado twenty-two (22) days immediately prior to the election at which the person intends to vote
  1.  Definitions:
  • Coordinated Election:  An election where more than one political subdivision with overlapping boundaries or the same electors holds an election on the same day, and the county clerk and recorder is the coordinated election official for the political subdivision
  • Primary Election:  The election held on the last Tuesday in June of each even-numbered year in which the names of the candidates are printed on the ballot along with their affiliation.  Electors must be registered with the political party by the first working day in January of the same year in order to vote for that party’s candidates.  Candidates who win their Primary elections will have their names placed on the General Election ballot to run against candidates of opposing parties 
  • General Election:  The election held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November in each even-numbered year.  Example: Presidential or Gubernatorial
  • Mail Ballot Election:  An election in which eligible electors receive ballots by mail and vote by returning their ballot via the U.S. Postal Service or depositing it at a Mail Ballot Drop-off Location or the county clerk’s office.