DENVER – In an announcement alongside Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s presidential primary election will take place on March 3, 2020.
Colorado will join Alabama, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia as the other states to vote on March 3. The primary is set one month after the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 3.
Only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina’s primaries or caucuses will happen prior to the Super Tuesday primaries in 2020.
“I think we can really highlight Colorado as a key state, because among the Super Tuesday states, Colorado is one of the only one that is competitive for November,” Polis said.
Colorado voters approved a change to a primary from Colorado’s old caucus system with the passage of Proposition 107 in the 2016 election. It also allows for unaffiliated voters to take part in the presidential primary. Ballots will be mailed several weeks in advance and can be submitted via mail, drop off location or in-person just like any other Colorado election.
While the primary system replaces the caucus system for presidential elections, it will not replace the caucus system for other state or local races.
The presidential primary will be separate from the state’s primary election, which is set to happen that June.