Republicans take lead in returning mail ballots
Republicans are far outpacing Democrats and unaffiliated voters in turning in their mail-in ballot for this year’s general election, according to statistics compiled by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
Still, only about 15 percent of Colorado voters have cast a ballot so far in the election, those statistics show.
As of a week before the election, more than 450,000 of the state’s three million voters have casts ballots for their local and statewide elections.
While many of those voters are choosing school board candidates and deciding local ballot measures, everyone also is voting on two statewide measures.
One, Amendment 66, would increase the state’s 4.63 percent income tax rate to 5 percent for income of $75,000 a year or less, and 5.9 percent on income earned above that amount.
The second measure, Proposition AA, would impose a 15 percent excise tax and 10 percent sales tax on the retail sale of recreational marijuana, which Colorado voters legalized last year.
According to the voter turnout, about 42 percent of Republicans have already cast their ballots in advance of next Tuesday’s election. Meanwhile, 30 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of unaffiliated voters have done the same.
In Mesa County, voter turnout is better than the statewide average.
Here, more than 27 percent of voters have turned in their ballots. Of them, about 48 percent are Republican, 27 percent are unaffiliated and 24 percent are Democrat.