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County's unaffiliated voters beat the odds

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Delta County's unaffiliated voters beat the odds in the June 26 primary election -- just 1.3 percent of ballots were rejected, compared to the statewide rejection rate of 2.4 percent, according to election figures released by the Colorado secretary of state.

Just 23 of the 1,744 unaffiliated voters participating in the primary election in Delta County cast more than one ballot. "Kudos to county clerk Teri Stephenson and her staff," said a representative of the secretary of state's office.

"I am incredibly proud of the efforts by our county clerks and media partners who helped deliver the message to only vote one ballot," Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. "Our office will be working with the clerks to improve the percentage in our next primary election, in 2020."

Voters in 2016 approved Proposition 108, which allowed unaffiliated voters to automatically participate in primary elections by voting for candidates on either the Democratic ballot or the Republican ballot. Based on other states' results, one argument against the measure was that as many as 7 percent of the ballots would have to be disqualified because voters would fill out both ballots instead of one.

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