Ideally, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle would like to see 100 percent of Larimer Countyâ€™s eligible residents cast their vote in the primary election on Aug. 10.
But, he said, the percentage of people who actually do so is pretty dismal â€“â€“Â about 18 to 20 percent, on average.
In the 2008 primary election, 154,700 people registered to vote, but only 24,859, or 16.07 percent, of voters cast their vote.
Compare that with the 2008 national election in which 180,343 people registered to vote and 92.76 percent, or 167,294 people, cast their ticket, according to the Larimer County Elections website.
Doyle attributed the decrease in participation to the fact that only people registered with a party â€“â€“Â Republican, Democrat or Independent â€“â€“Â can vote in the primary election.
After the county sent out 114,853 mail-in ballots Monday, Doyle said only time will tell how many people will exercise their democratic right to participation in 20 days.
Overall, Doyle said there isnâ€™t much of a difference between the 2010 Primary Election and the primaries of the past.
What is interesting, though, is that there are five candidates for Larimer County Sheriff â€“â€“Â one independent, two republicans and two democrats. It is the first year that so many people have faced off for the position, in Doyleâ€™s memory.
When the five men â€“â€“Â Dell Bean, Carl Bruning, Maj. Justin Smith, Al Ohms and Jay Harrison â€“â€“Â go head to head to see who will be the new sheriff in town, Doyle said, â€œI think thereâ€™s every possibility thatâ€™ll get ugly as we get closer.â€
On the ballots that went out this week, Aislinn Kottwitz is listed as a republican candidate for House District 52. Kottwitz, since, has pulled out of the race, Doyle said.
Having already received some completed mail-in ballots, Doyle said there will be a big thrust in the number returned both this week and the week before the election. Some ballots, too, will trickle in on Aug. 10.
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To return a mail-in ballot
- Place the ballot in the secrecy envelope with return address
- 44 cents in postage is required
- Ballots must be turned into the Larimer County Elections office and/or designated drop-off/service center locations by 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 to be counted.
- Make sure to sign where indicated