About a third — more than 1.2 million — of active registered Colorado voters have cast ballots as of this morning, the secretary of state announced.
With four days to go until Election Day, Democrats and Republicans have cast about the same number of ballots, while unaffiliated voters — the state’s largest voter pool — are lagging behind both major parties by about 60,000 votes. There are about 3.3 million active registered voters in Colorado. Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 6.
On Friday, Nov. 2, Republicans had a 219-vote advantage. Over the past week, that lead was stronger, but Democrats have narrowed it considerably. All told, Republicans have cast 424,010 ballots so far, and Democrats sent in 423,791.
Meanwhile, Colorado’s more than 1.2 million unaffiliated voters have cast 364,716 ballots. A big question is which way they will swing to affect the partisan statewide and legislative races on this year’s ballot.
We did get an idea of how they might vote if the results of this year’s primaries are any indication. This was the first year unaffiliated voters could participate in a party primary, and they could only pick one. The number of unaffiliated voters was about 270,000. Of that number, 63 percent chose a Democratic ballot and 37 percent picked a Republican one, according to data from the secretary of state’s office. Already, 132,066 unaffiliated voters have cast ballots in this election.
Colorado pollsters and ballot trackers said they see an enthusiasm among Democratic voters and a depressed GOP turnout so far compared to the 2014 midterms.
On the third-party front, 9,654 Libertarians have cast ballots and 2,452 Green Party members have voted. Members of The Unity Party, a new third party, cast 196 votes so far.
Voters between the ages of 41 and 60 are casting more early votes in Colorado than any other age group, today’s data show — already turning in nearly 400,000 ballots. By contrast, the youngest voting population, those 18 to 25, have cast about 62,000 ballots.
One of the bigger shifts in today’s data is a large surge in votes coming out of Democrat-heavy Denver. Voters in conservative El Paso County were in the top three early-vote counties for returns over the past week, but now Denver voters have overtaken them. Voters in Denver have turned in 133,082 ballots while El Paso County voters sent in 133,121.
Here’s the breakdown as of Nov. 2 of Colorado’s early ballot returns in the 2018 General Election, per the secretary of state: