Today last chance to register to vote
Voter registrations in the state are up by nearly 400,000 people since the start of the year, but it isn’t the two major parties who are benefiting from the increase.
It’s the unaffiliated ranks.
Unaffiliated registrations are up about 20 percent since January, with Democrats running a close second with a 15 percent increase during that time. Republicans have seen their number swell by 9 percent, according to Secretary of State records as of Oct. 1.
Regardless of those increases, Republicans still hold a majority of registered voters in the state, making up 34.8 percent. Democrats are at 32.2 percent with unaffiliated voters at 31.8 percent.
Those numbers are expected to change, though, when today’s final registrations are in the books.
Voters who haven’t done so already have until midnight tonight to register to vote.
Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said many are doing so. Her office has been busy in recent days, registering more than 1,000 new voters so far this month, she said.
Voters can always go into Reiner’s office at 200 S. Spruce St. to register in person, but she recommends that the fastest and easiest way is to use the state’s Internet registration system at http://www.govotecolorado.com.
To use that system, however, voters must already have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
“They can’t use the online unless we can pull over a signature from your driver’s license file,” Reiner said.
For voters who don’t have a Colorado license, her office is open until 5 p.m. today, but they still need to show legal residency in the state.
And for voters who have trouble with the state’s website, Reiner said there’s another way to register.
Go to the voter registration section of her office’s website at clerk.mesacounty.us and download a registration form. Then email that form by midnight to voter.info@ mesacounty.us.
Reiner also said that the 287 Grand Valley residents whose addresses were moved from one Colorado House district to another last month needn’t worry about what district they will be voting in come Nov. 6.
Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court approved “tweaks” to district lines drawn by a legislative reapportionment commission to reflect population changes in the state.
In some cases, the mapping program used by that commission didn’t match up with more accurate maps used by the counties. As a result, some district lines cut through the middle of people’s homes.
Reiner said when her office sent out updated voter registration information to individual voters earlier this year, she took into account those tweaks, even though they weren’t officially approved by the high court.