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Primary ballots are due at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

COLORADO, USA — Voters’ candidate selections in Colorado’s 2024 primary election will play a big part in determining policy decisions for the state.

Primary ballots are due at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. It’s too late for voters to mail their ballots. Instead, they should be returned to a drop box or voting center. A list of drop boxes and voting centers is available on each county clerk’s website.

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Who’s on the ballots

Primary voters are selecting candidates for the U.S. House, Colorado state House and Senate, University of Colorado regent, Denver District Attorney and other local races. 

Contested U.S. House primaries include: 

  • District 3, where voters in November will select a new representative to replace current Rep. Lauren Boebert, who switched districts and is running for the U.S. House seat in District 4. On the Republican ballot in District 3 are Stephen A. Varela, Ron Hanks, Lew Webb, Russ Andrews, Curtis M. McCrackin and Jeff Hurd. The winner of the Republican primary will face Adam Frisch, who is unopposed on the Democratic ballot. 
  • District 4, where voters in November will select a new representative to replace Rep. Ken Buck, who resigned in March. The Republican primary is a six-way race between Boebert, Richard Holtorf, Mike Lynch, Deborah Flora, Jerry Sonnenberg and Peter Yu. Trisha Calvarese, John Padora Jr. and Ike McCorkle are on the Democratic ballot. 
  • District 5, where voters in November will select a new representative to replace Rep. Doug Lamborn, who announced in January that he would not seek reelection. The GOP primary ballot includes Dave Williams and Jeff Crank. The Democratic ballot includes River Gassen and Joe Reagan. 
  • District 8, where Republican primary voters are selecting a candidate to run against incumbent Democratic Rep. Yadira Caraveo, who is seeking reelection. Caraveo is the first congressperson to represent District 8, which was created after the 2020 census. Gabe Evans and Janak Joshi are running on the Republican ballot. 

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In District 4, voters will elect a new representative to complete Buck’s term. Frank Atwood, Hannah Goodman, Greg Lopez and Trisha Calvarese are running. Whoever is elected will serve until January, when the seat will be filled by the winner of November’s general election.

In the Colorado legislature, two of the most closely watched primaries will be in state House Districts 4 and 6, where Democratic incumbents Timothy Hernández and Elisabeth Epps are facing primary challengers. Cecelia Espenoza is facing Hernández in District 4, and Sean Camacho is facing Epps in District 6. 

Denver voters are choosing a new district attorney after Beth McCann said last year that she wouldn’t seek reelection. John Walsh and Leora Joseph are on the Democratic ballot. No Republicans are running for the seat. 

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Voters in Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties are choosing a district attorney for the new 23rd Judicial District, which was created by a bill passed by the state legislature in 2020. Dagny Van Der Jagt and George Brauchler are on the Republican primary ballot. Karen Breslin is unopposed on the Democratic side. 

Three seats on the University of Colorado Board of Regents are up for election this November. There’s a primary in just one of those seats. Elliott Hood and Charles “CJ” Johnson are running for the Democratic nomination for the at-large seat, which represents the entire state. Eric Rinard is unopposed on the Republican side. 

Colorado’s presidential primary was held on Super Tuesday in March

The 2024 general election is Nov. 5. 

Colorado primary ballots

Coloradans who are affiliated with the Republican or Democratic party receive only the ballot of that party. 

Unaffiliated voters receive a ballot for each party and can vote only one of those ballots for their vote to be counted.

Voters affiliated with a minor party do not receive a ballot.

How to register to vote

Ballots were mailed to Coloradans who registered to vote or updated their voter registration before June 17.

Coloradans can still register to vote, receive a ballot, and vote in person at a voting center until 7 p.m. on primary day, June 25. A list of voting centers is available on each county clerk’s website

Where to find election results

9NEWS will have live coverage of election results after the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Watch special election night coverage from 7 to 9 p.m. on KTVD Channel 20 and on 9NEWS+. 

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