Important Upcoming Dates for the 2016 Elections

Clerk and Recorder’s Notes
By Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder
December 1, 2015

It seems we just got through an election and deserve a break. However, that is not the case. Below are some important upcoming dates for the 2016 Elections:
• January 4, 2016. Last day to affiliate with a major or minor party to run as a party candidate in the Primary (either through nomination or petition). What this means is if you want to run as a candidate affiliated with a political party you must be registered with the party by this date.

• January 4, 2016 Last day to register as unaffiliated to access the ballot by petition as an unaffiliated candidate. What this means is if you want to petition on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate you must be registered as unaffiliated by this date.

• January 4, 2016 Last day to affiliate with a political party (Republican or Democratic Party) in order to vote in the precinct caucus if held on March 1st. (2 months before the precinct caucus). What this means is if you are not registered at all or you want change affiliation and would like to register with a political party to support a candidate in that party’s caucus, this is your deadline to do so in order to participate in that party’s caucus. If you need to update your voter registration you may do it online at

Method of Voting: All General, Primary, Congressional Vacancy, Coordinated, Odd-Year and Recall elections shall be by Mail Ballot Delivery. Mail Ballot Delivery Election means an election for which eligible electors receive ballots by mail and vote by mailing those ballots or depositing the ballots at a drop-off location.

Contact the County Clerk’s Office at 539-4004 for more information. You can also reach us by email at [email protected] Our website, has more election information, as well as information about Motor Vehicle licensing/renewals or titling a vehicle and recording or searching public documents. Like us on Facebook at Chaffee County Clerk!

Sign In or Register to comment.