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Colorado ballot returns near the half-million mark

Author: Marianne Goodland - October 26, 2018 - Updated: October 26, 2018

SCORE Judge Sharon Tymes prints out a ballot for a woman who had changed addresses and needed a new ballot on Oct. 23 in Colorado Springs (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Ballots sent to county clerks are now approaching the half-million mark, according to Friday figures from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Total ballots turned in so far number 468,366, with about 100,000 ballots arriving in the last 24 hours.

Republicans continue to slightly outpace Democrats on ballot returns, with 168,065 sent in. Democrats have now sent in 162,906. Unaffiliated voters have turned in 132,066 ballots.

More than 61,000 voters in Jefferson County have sent in their ballots, topping the county-by-county counts, followed by El Paso and Arapahoe counties, both at just over 55,000 each.

Compared to the same day from the last mid-term election in 2014, the ballot returns lag by some 50,000. At that same time in 2014, Republicans had sent in 60,000 more ballots than Democrats.

The deadline for registering to vote and receiving a mail-in ballot from the county clerk is this Monday, Oct. 29. However, anyone eligible to vote who hasn’t registered can do so right up until 6:59 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at any county voting service center.

To check your voter registration or to find out if your ballot has been accepted by your local county clerk, go to govotecolorado.com.

As of Friday, county clerks in two counties hope that ballots delayed in getting to voters have finally shown up in mailboxes.

In Bent County, in southeastern Colorado, 500 ballots had disappeared, according to County Clerk Patti Nickell. That’s about 20 percent of the county’s 2,500 ballots. She has reissued those ballots, according to a Wednesday statement from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Another 60,000 ballots were delayed by a snafu with the U.S. Postal Service in Adams County, according to that same statement. Those ballots were distributed on Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s Office reported, and should now be in voters’ hands.

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.