In the month before ballots drop in Colorado, Democrats registered twice as many voters than Republicans while those who don’t want to join either party continued to outpace both.
Last month, Democrats picked up 14,029 registered active voters while Republicans gained 6,411, according to the latest figures. At the same time, 28,039 Coloradans registered as unaffiliated voters in the past month.
As of Sept. 30, there were 1,007,948 registered active Democrats in Colorado and 979,204 registered active Republicans. There were also 1,236,592 unaffiliated active voters registered. All active registered voters will get ballots in their mail for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Those ballots will begin hitting mailboxes on Oct. 15 and will include the race for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, Congress, and the legislature, and more. Voters will also get to weigh in on 13 questions asking whether they want to change state laws or the state Constitution.
“It’s clear evidence that voters are rejecting the GOP agenda — especially when you combine these numbers with today’s poll showing unaffiliateds swinging heavily Democratic,” says Eric Walker, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party. “But we’re not taking a single vote for granted — we’re going to work hard every day to turn out the vote and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”
Four years ago, during the last big election, including a race for governor, the roles were reversed with registered active Republicans outnumbering Democrats. At that time there were 949,029 Republicans versus 894,332 Dems. The number of unaffiliated voters back then was 1,032,290.
“Our candidates are working to earn the support of every voter in Colorado, regardless of party affiliation,” says Daniel Cole, spokesman for the Colorado GOP. “Ultimately, the only tally that matters is the one on election day.”
For more context on these numbers, read our six takeaways from the post-primary election data to get a sense of where unaffiliated voters might swing in November.
As for third parties in Colorado, at the end of last month, there were 38,356 active Libertarians and 9,567 active Green Party members. There were 1,189 members of the Unity Party, too.