Election Day is Nov. 6. Are you one of the millions of eligible Colorado voters yet to return a ballot?
If so, you can always refer to the voter guide we put together in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Colorado. It has quick-hitter info on ballot measures plus about 100 races and 230 candidates across the state.
We’ve also been hard at work the past couple months taking closer looks at the big questions and people Colorado voters are evaluating this year. Here’s a handy list of all the articles, explainers and profiles we’ve written on this year’s ballot issues and candidates:
We spent weeks digging into the lives and careers of Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton. Get to know them both:
- How Jared Polis gets what he wants: A portrait in four parts
- The privilege and promise of Walker Stapleton: A portrait in four parts
- Attorney general: Phil Weiser says he’ll combat ‘lawless’ Trump. George Brauchler calls that overreach.
- Secretary of state: In the race between Wayne Williams and Jena Griswold, voter access and election security take center stage
- Treasurer: Brian Watson vs. Dave Young pits property investor against state lawmaker and budget writer
- CU Regent At-Large: Montera vs. Smith could influence party control of the university system
Did you know Colorado has the longest ballot in the country this year?
Here, we go over the basics of all 13 statewide measures: The big questions on your ballot
We also have longer stories on many of those 13 measures:
- Amendment A: It’s not easy to find people who oppose the effort to finally, formally ban slavery in Colorado, but they do exist.
- Amendment V: Should 21-year-olds be allowed to run for the state legislature?
- Amendment X: Why an ‘industrial hemp’ question on Colorado’s ballot is important to a fledgling agricultural industry
- Amendments Y and Z: These measures aim to take politics out of redistricting. Here’s how they’d work.
- Amendment 73: Breaking down the proposed tax increase for education
- Amendment 74: Inside a ballot measure that’s scaring Colorado’s towns and cities
- Amendment 75: ‘Millionaire rule’ ballot question could mean more money in state elections
- Proposition 110: A sales tax measure seeks to address Colorado’s backlog for transportation projects
- Proposition 111: Inside a measure that could crush payday lending in Colorado
- Proposition 112: We analyzed seven big questions about Colorado’s expensive ballot fight over oil-and-gas setbacks
You may find some of these ballot measures awfully difficult to parse. You’re not crazy: Experts say voters may need 22 years of schooling to comprehend the average Colorado ballot measure.
We have a feature called Ask The Indy that readers can use to submit whatever questions may be on their minds. More than any other topic this election, readers are asking us about judges — Which should be retained? Which should be voted out? Are judges’ party affiliations known? Where can voters learn about how judges have performed?
If you’re wondering about judges’ political affiliations, we’ve got a story on that, too.
Which party will have control of Colorado’s Capitol after Election Day? It’s a safe bet that Democrats will retain control of the House, but the Senate — currently an 18-17 GOP majority — is up for grabs. Whether or not it flips will almost certainly come down to these key races:
- Senate District 11: Pete Lee and Pat McIntire square off in a fight for independents
- Senate District 16: Outspoken conservative Tim Neville faces ed reformer Tammy Story
- Senate District 20: Growth takes centers stage in Jessie Danielson vs. Christine Jensen
- Senate District 22: The opioid crisis is front and center in Brittany Pettersen vs. Tony Sanchez
- Senate District 24: Faith Winter vs. Beth Martinez Humenik is a #MeToo battleground