Colorado voters are turning in their ballots at a rate far exceeding the numbers of 2014, according to ballot return information posted throughout the week by the Colorado Secretary of State.
As of Friday, a total of 697,414 ballots have been returned. Compared to the 11th day before the 2014 election, that’s about a 26 percent higher return.
But the big difference is in who’s returning the ballots.
Registered Democrats have sent in 269,066 ballots; Republicans, 241,750 ballots and unaffiliated voters, 177,225 ballots.
At this point two years ago, Republicans had overwhelmingly returned more ballots than Democrats — more than 60,000 more.
In 2014, about 2 million people voted. In that election, Republicans outnumbered Democrats from day one on returning ballots, and in the end more Republicans than Democrats voted, by more than 112,000 votes.
Republicans have held an advantage in active voter registrations for all of 2016, but that changed on Oct. 1, when Democrats for the first time outnumbered Republicans in active voter numbers by about 6,000.
This nifty little website run by the Secretary of State tells you all kinds of things about your ballot: when it was mailed to you by your county clerk, whether your ballot has been accepted and will be counted on Election Day (if you’ve already turned it in). This is a handy way to make sure you signed the envelope, one of the more common reasons a ballot is rejected.
If you live in Denver, you can even sign up to get a text message that notifies you when your ballot is received, and more importantly, if there are any problems with your ballot.
If your ballot is rejected for any reason, your best bet is to go to your local voting service center to address the issue.
Photo credit: Corey Hutchins, The Colorado Independent