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Colorado voter turnout was 2nd in the nation

Author: Marianne Goodland - November 13, 2018 - Updated: November 14, 2018

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vote countsA roll of stickers sits on a table to be handed out by election judges as voters deposit their ballots at the Denver Elections Division drop off location in front of the City/County Building on Nov. 6 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado saw the nation’s second-highest voter turnout rate in the midterm election with 61.9 percent of active voters participating, Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office reported Tuesday.

Minnesota was No. 1, at 64.3 percent.

New ballot numbers also show that women voters outpaced men in Colorado by 112,000 ballots.

The latest numbers show 2,581,426 Coloradans voted last week. The largest voting group by age was those 41 to 60 years old for both men and women. Those ages 26 to 40 were the second largest voting group. And compared to 2014, 974,000 more Coloradans voted in 2018.

Ballots are still being processed and counted, in part because federal law requires an eight-day wait after election day so that military and overseas voters’ ballots can be processed. The deadline for processing those ballots, as well as “curing” signatures (ballots where there’s a question about the voter’s signature) is the close of business on Wednesday, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

County clerks will update results on Thursday. That may finally put to rest several races that in early returns teetered on the edge of automatic recounts:

  • In House District 27, which covers north Jefferson County and Arvada, Republican Vicki Pyne has now conceded the race to Democrat Brianna Titone.
  • In House District 47, which includes Otero, rural Pueblo and Fremont counties, Democrat Brianna Buentello leads Republican Don Bendell by 306 votes. Bendell has not conceded the race yet.
  • In Greeley’s House District 50, Democrat Rochelle Galindo defeated Republican Michael Thuener by 1,468 votes.

The Secretary of State’s election results show about 50,000 ballots have not yet been added to final totals.

Colorado went to the all-mail ballot system for the first time in the 2014 mid-terms. The state also has same-day voter registration, meaning voters can still register to vote up until 6:59 p.m. on Election Day.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.