More than half of Colorado’s 1.2 million Democrats eligible to vote in today’s Super Tuesday presidential primary have turned in their ballots.
Thousands of votes cast for candidates who dropped out at the last minute, like Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg will still be tallied, the votes just won’t matter.
However, the Secretary of State’s office says you can change your mind if you still have your ballot.
If you have marked a ballot but have not returned it, you can change your selection by crossing out your first pick and then marking the oval next to your preferred candidate. Or, you can get a replacement ballot in-person at a VSPC. Visit https://t.co/OQ2SXOeniQ.
— Jena Griswold (@JenaGriswold) March 2, 2020
We will know eventually this week how many votes were wasted by early voting. As we said, all the ballots will be tabulated, including those cast for drop-out candidates Tom Steyer, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Deval Patrick, and Boulder favorite Marianne Williamson.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s name is also still on the ballot, but he was clever enough to file the proper paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office so his votes won’t be counted, and he won’t be embarrassed by a low vote total in his own home state.
Upon dropping out of the race, Klobuchar and Buttigieg both threw their endorsement to party establishment favorite Joe Biden, but Socialist Bernie Sanders is still the favorite to win in Colorado.
What will be interesting is to see how well Mike Bloomberg fares.
Today is the former New York mayor’s first time appearing on the ballot, and he’s betting all his chips on Super Tuesday to deliver him enough Electoral College votes to have a shot at the presidential gig.