Primary ballots mailed this week

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Ballot drop boxes designed to save voters time and money have been placed outside the courthouse in Meeker and inside the west entrance to Rangely Town Hall.

RBC I Primary ballots were mailed to all registered voters this week. If you did not receive your ballot, please contact the Rangely or Meeker County Clerk’s office.

The primary election will take place Tuesday, June 30. Once again, unaffiliated voters will have the option to choose from one of the ballots to cast their votes. Voting on more than one ballot will disqualify your vote, so take care which ballot you choose and only return one ballot.

The Republican ballot is the only one with a contested local race between Ty Gates and Mona Avey for Rio Blanco County Commissioner. The outcome of that race will likely decide who replaces outgoing commissioner Si Woodruff, as there are no challengers from other parties for the November general election. See Page3B for our one-on-one interviews with Avey and Gates.

On the Republican ballot, there are also contested seats for U.S. Congress District 3 between incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton and Lauren Boebert; and incumbent Colorado State Sen. Bob Rankin is challenged by Debra Irvine.

Uncontested primary races include U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin, 9th Judicial District Attorney Jefferson Cheney, and Rio Blanco County Commissioner District 2 Jeff Rector.

Contested seats on the Democratic ballot include Andrew Romanoff vs. John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate; James Iacino vs. Diane Mitsch Bush for U.S. Congress District 3, and Karl Hanlon vs. Arn Menconi for State Senator District 8.

There is also a Libertarian Party ballot this election, with Gaylon Kent running against Raymon Doane for U.S. Senator.

In the Presidential Primary election, RBC Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell said a number of voters returned ballots for both parties and those votes had to be disqualified.

Mail ballots must be returned, not postmarked, by June 30. Ballots can be returned by mail, or dropped off in Meeker’s ballot box outside the courthouse or outside Rangely Town Hall.

For dates, hours and locations for in-person voting, visit or call 970-878-9460 in Meeker or 970-878-9465 in Rangely.