Filling out your 2018 Colorado ballot? Here’s a cheat sheet.

A ballot going into a ballot box in Colorado (Photo by Alex Burness)

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:

Governor’s race

We spent weeks digging into the lives and careers of Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton. Get to know them both:

Plus: Where Colorado’s candidates for governor stand on some of this year’s big ballot questions

Statewide races

Ballot measures

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:

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?

So: Let’s talk about all those judges on your Colorado ballot.

If you’re wondering about judges’ political affiliations, we’ve got a story on that, too.

State Legislature

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:

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  1. Easy guide.
    Vote for the Dimocrat in every case.
    Vote yes on the letters.
    Vote no on everything else as the ballot has too many words.

  2. I can’t tell from text whether or not that is supposed to come across as sarcastic or not, but I hope it was. Critical thinking is in short supply these days, and I wish more people had an understanding of what they’re voting for. Though I admit, if one doesn’t understand the bill they are deciding on, they should either look into it, or vote to keep the status quo. I’d love it if ballots came with multiple choice questionnaires that would prevent the uninformed from being counted on topics they don’t know enough about.

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