More Republicans than Dems have cast their ballots

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BALLOT DROP BOXES

Here are the ones available 24 hours a day:

■ Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce Ave.

■ Department of Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road

■ Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave.

Here are the ones available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

■ Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

■ Main Motor Vehicle Office, 200 S. Spruce Ave.

Ballots must be turned in by 
7 p.m. Tuesday.



It’s too late to mail in those mail-in ballots, but it’s not too late to vote.

With the elections coming Tuesday, voters in the region need to find drop-off boxes if they want their votes to count, county clerks in the region remind voters.

To date, those voters aren’t coming out in droves.

According to daily tallies by the Mesa County Clerk’s Office and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, a small percentage of all registered voters have submitted their ballots.

As of Friday, about 23 percent of voters statewide had cast their ballots, with GOP voters leading the pack over Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

Of the 701,558 ballots that have been cast so far, 41.4 percent are Republican, while 31 percent are Democrats and 26.7 unaffiliated.

Mesa County voters have done better, but only marginally, according to statistics complied by county Elections Director Catherine Lenhart.

Here, nearly 33 percent of voters have cast a ballot, making this year’s elections only slightly better than the turnout a few days before the election in 2009, when 26 percent of voters cast a ballot. That number improved only by 2 percentage points by Election Day.

Compare that with the 41 percent of people who voted by this time in 2011, a turnout that improved by more than 20 percentage points by Election Day.

Two other counties in the region, Montrose and Delta, are seeing similar turnouts to Mesa’s, with 31 percent and 32.5 percent respectively.

Only about 22 percent of eligible Garfield County voters have voted.

On his blog, The Buzz, Colorado political pollster Floyd Ciruli said the Democratic turnout appears low because of a slow count in the Denver Clerk’s Office.

He said supporters of Amendment 66, the measure to increase income taxes to fund public schools, are planning a huge canvassing campaign that they hope will turn those numbers around.


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