Information provided by the Douglas County Elections Office
Castle Pines voters have three separate elections this year, beginning with the May special district elections, followed by the June primary election and the November general election.
The May 8 Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD) non-partisan regular election is about water solutions with a major TABOR (taxpayer bill of rights) bond issue and board of directors seat vacancies. For additional information about the CPNMD election, see page 6.
The June 26 primary election will narrow the field of partisan candidates for the November general election. This year, for the first time, unaffiliated voters will receive both a Republican and Democrat ballot and be allowed to choose one to vote and return.
The list of state and federal races includes U.S. Congress, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, state House, CU Board of Regents and state board of education. County races are district 1 commissioner, sheriff, clerk and recorder, assessor, treasurer and coroner.
In addition to making final selections between the parties on the above candidates, the November 6 general election is expected to contain a number of TABOR issues or tax proposals. These issues require a “blue book” to be sent 30 days prior to an election. The purpose of the blue book is to provide voters with the text, title and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law or question on the ballot.
Colorado is one of three all-mail ballot states, meaning that all active, registered voters will receive a ballot by mail about 20 days before election day. Douglas County retains a limited number of voter service and polling centers (VSPC) where one can still vote in person. According to Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz, less than five percent of voters typically use the VSPCs for problems such as late registration, change of address or the “dog ate my ballot.”
“This is a particularly important election year because of numerous planned bond issues and the fact that state legislative and congressional redistricting will occur after the 2020 census and this year’s election will determine who draws those lines,” noted Klotz. “We can take pride in the fact that Colorado election processes, including centralized voter registration and tightly controlled all-mail ballot processes, are viewed as the national model for elections and Douglas County is a model within Colorado,” he stated.
All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. election day (not postmarked).
To verify registration status, change party affiliation, locate a VSPC or link to other voter information, visit DouglasVotes.com. For information on partisan races, visit DCGOP.org (Republican) or DouglasDemocrats.org (Democrat).