Early Voting Starts Today.

While officially, the primary election date in Colorado is August 8, 2006, anyone who wants may begin voting Monday at any of six locations in Denver.

Early Voting for the August Primary Election begins Saturday, July 29 at the Webb Building, and continues Monday, July 31 thru Friday, August 4 at all Early Voting locations. Hours are from 10am to 6pm.

Early voting today is available only at the Wellington Webb building. 

For both the August Primary and the November 7, 2006 General Elections, the following are the Early Voting locations:

Montbello Rec. Center, 15555 E. 53rd Ave.
Montclair Rec. Center, 729 Ulster Way
District 3 Police Station, 1625 S. University Blvd.
Athmar Rec. Center, 2680 W. Mexico Ave.
Scheitler Rec. Center, 5031 W. 46th Ave.
Wellington Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave.

The sample ballot for Democrats in Denver is “Soviet Style” except for the contested primaries in State House District 1, State Senate District 32, and the Xcel Energy Franchise Agreement issue.

Republican voters have no contested primaries in Denver and also have the joy of knowing that their party isn’t even offering up a candidate in many Denver races including the First Congressional District (where incumbent Diana DeGette is a shoo in), the 34th State Senate District where Paula Sandoval is the certain winner, the 3rd State House District where Anne McGihon is the certain winner, the 5th State House District where Joel Judd is the certain winner, and the 7th State House District where Terrance Carroll is the certain winner, and the 8th State House District where Rosemary Marshall is the certain winner.  Republicans not too discouraged to vote can decide if the still want Xcel Energy to serve them, however.

Tom Kelly (the Colorado Green Party Co-Chair), a Green Party candidate, will provide a third party opponent to Diana DeGette in the general election.  Kelly doesn’t look like he’ll have much of a campaign.  At this point he doesn’t appear to have made any campaign finance filings and doesn’t even appear have his own website. 

No other candidate in Denver race in 2006 has a third party opponent, although there are a number of third party contenders in statewide races.  All of Denver’s non-partisan RTD director seats in 2006 will also be uncontested this fall.

Unaffiliated voters will consider only the ballot issue on Xcel Energy.

The full thirty page Xcel Energy deal is available here.

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