Election today; GJ voter turnout near 40 percent
Mesa County was 5,670 ballots away Monday afternoon from tying the county’s record turnout for an odd-year election.
As of Monday afternoon, 32,595 ballots had been accepted by the county. The record, set in 2011, was 38,265 ballots.
About 7,000 ballots rolled in the final day of the election in 2011, according to Mesa County Elections Director Catherine Lenhart, giving this year’s election a chance at beating the record if there is a similar turnout today.
Monday was the most popular day in the election so far, with 5,002 ballots being accepted in Mesa County. So far, a little less than 39 percent of ballots have been accepted.
Statewide turnout was at 27.8 percent as of Friday, with 847,660 accepted, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
As of Friday, 49 percent of accepted ballots in Mesa County had come from Republican voters, 27 percent of ballots came from unaffiliated voters and 23 percent were from Democrats. Remaining ballots came from Libertarians, American Constitution voters and Green party members.
Although Republicans were ahead in overall votes, a greater percentage of active voters registered as Democrats in Mesa County — 39 percent — turned in their ballots by the end of last week.
Republican turnout was at 36 percent by the end of the day Friday while 26 percent of active unaffiliated voters in the county had turned in ballots.
Ballots must be turned in — not mailed — by 7 p.m. today in order to count. Post-marked ballots with today’s date do not count if received after that time.