Colorado Election Day 2018: Early ballot returns and voter information

Election Day is here.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the state as Coloradans choose their next governor and other statewide leaders.  And it’s not too late for you to vote or even register to vote in Colorado as the state allows same-day registration.

In the Denver area, weather conditions are perfect for voting: A crisp 31 degrees and sunny at 7 a.m., reaching highs of 52 degrees later on. There is a zero percent chance of precipitation.

Driving to drop off last-minute ballots will be a bit trickier in the mountains, with chances of snow and gusty winds up to 50 mph. At lower elevations, there will be a chance of rain and snow showers mainly near the Wyoming border, according to the National Weather Service.

Already, more than 1.6 million people have cast a Colorado ballot, thanks to the state’s mail-in voting system.

As of Monday afternoon, Democratic and Republican returns are running virtually even statewide when it comes to voting, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Here’s the breakdown of who has cast ballots:

Democrat: 554,809

Republican: 556,119

Unaffiliated: 505,496

                                                   Colorado Secretary of State

Arapahoe County:

Political junkies across the country will be watching the competitive race for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. Democrat Jason Crow is attempting to do what several others have failed to accomplish — unseat Republican Mike Coffman. The seat could help determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019.

More than half of Arapahoe County’s voters have cast ballots coming into Tuesday, Matt Crane, Araphoe County clerk and recorder, said. Monday was extremely busy. Ten thousand more people turned in ballots Monday than on the day before the election four years ago, he said.

With 53 percent of the county’s voters casting ballots, “That makes us right in line with where we were four years ago,” Crane said.

Jefferson County:

Just over 60 percent of ballots, or 235,531, have been turned in as of Monday night, said Beth Clippinger, spokeswoman for Jefferson County.

Here’s the breakdown:
Democrat – 78,268
Republican – 73,503
Unaffiliated – 80,934

“This is definitely ahead of where we were four years ago,” Clippinger said. She expects today’s voter turnout to rival 2016, when 79 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the presidential year.

Adams County:

Adams County, thus far, has seen an increase of 7,000 voters from this time two years ago, Julie Jackson, spokeswoman for Adams County, said. The county has had a total of 28,000 ballots turned in as of Monday evening.

Last-minute voters

Remember, it’s still not too late to vote! You can return ballots until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Find your closest polling place and ballot dropoff site here.

And you can text “CO” to 2vote (28683) for links to election information and voter registration from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

And if you’re still in need of a breakdown for all the candidates and ballot measures, check out The Denver Post’s 2018 voter guide.

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