You cannot vote twice if you turned in a ballot for a candidate who dropped out

Published: Mar. 2, 2020 at 6:02 AM MST
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Hundreds of thousands of voters turned in their primary ballot before three major Democratic candidates dropped out of the race just before Colorado's primary, one reason state officials are considering alternative voting methods.

After a third-place finish in the South Carolina primary Saturday, billionaire activist Tom Steyer dropped out the race. Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg followed suit Sunday. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar then dropped out Monday. The decisions came just barely ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3, which is when delegates from 14 states and one territory are at stake.

Coloradans have had their primary ballot for weeks, and many turned them in early. The Colorado secretary of state is now reminding people they cannot vote twice if they already dropped off a ballot, even if they voted for a candidate who is no longer in the race.

"This is an example of why we're looking into ranked-choice voting and alternative voting methods," said Secretary of State Jena Griswold in a tweet.

If voters have not turned in their ballot, but need a new one they can still do that.

Ballots were sent out in early February. Candidates who did not officially withdraw before Jan. 3 still appeared on the ballot. That includes Democrats John Delaney, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, and Cory Booker.

Ballots must be turned in by 7 p.m. Tuesday,