Colorado ranked fourth in the nation in voter turnout last November, according to a new report called “America Goes to the Polls” by Nonprofit VOTE, a consortium of nonprofit organizations.
“Colorado’s 72.1 percent finished behind Minnesota’s 74.8 percent, Maine’s 72.8 percent and New Hampshire’s 72.5 percent.”
Nonprofit vote cited Colorado’s mail voting system, same-day voter registration and its online registration for its success.
The report can be found here.
Colorado switched to mail ballots and same-day registration after a contentious statehouse battle in 2013.
“Voter participation is at the core of active citizenship and a healthy democracy,” Brian Miller, executive director of Nonprofit VOTE, said in a statement. “This report offers the reader an opportunity to learn from the practical experience of policies already enacted in many states to promote voting, encourage healthy competition, and improve election integrity.”
Despite the moaning and groaning about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being unappealing candidates voter turnout was higher in the 2016 than it was in 2012, the report says.
Of the U.S.’s 231 million eligible voters, 60.2 percent cast ballots compared to 58.6 percent when Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney.
Latino turnout continues to grow, from 19.5 percent in 2008 to 26.5 percent in 2016, the report says.
Forewarned, after the stats, the report steers into to election politics that tend to be espoused by Democrats.
It makes a case against the Electoral College (Clinton fans won’t let go of the fact she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots), non-partisan redistricting, restoring voting rights to some criminal offenders and ranked-choice voting.
The report notes that through redistricting every 10 years, based on the census, political parties in state legislatures carve out safe seats for members of Congress.
Throw in the fundraising ability of incumbency and Washington seniority, and it’s no wonder 73 percent of congressional races last year were either uncontested or settled by 10 percentage points or more.
The Electoral College is good for Colorado, a battleground state, however. Voter turnout was 5 to 8 percent higher in Colorado and battleground mates Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The 14 battleground states absorbed 99 percent of ad spending and 95 percent of the candidates’ campaign visits, the report notes.
“Only 35% of eligible voters lived in a battleground state in 2016,” “America Goes to the Polls” states.