Forty-five percent of Colorado ballots cast

Remaining 55 percent have plenty of time to vote today

More Colorado Republicans than Democrats have cast a ballot so far this election cycle, but not by much.

According to the latest pre-election figures released by the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday, nearly 52 percent of the 862,576 active GOP voters already have cast a ballot, while 48 percent of the state’s 799,981 registered Democrats have voted.

Meanwhile, only about 34 percent of unaffiliated voters and 38 percent of all other parties such as Libertarian and Green have voted.

As a result, about 45 percent of the 2.4 million active voters in the state have already decided who they want in the governor’s mansion and U.S. Senate, among other candidates and issues on this year’s ballot.

Richard Coolidge, spokesman for Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, said remaining voters have plenty of time to cast their ballots by 7 p.m. today.

He said voters who had requested a mail-in ballot but still had not received one should go to their normal polling site to cast a provisional ballot. Coolidge said those voters won’t appear in election judges’ poll books, but that doesn’t mean they can’t vote.

Those judges will verify if the voter is eligible to cast a ballot. Once that’s done, their vote will be counted along with everyone else’s, he said.

Coolidge warned voters not to listen to rumors that provisional ballots aren’t counted or as good as regular ones.

“Sometimes we hear from national sources telling people not to vote a provisional ballot,” Coolidge said in an e-mail. “These are simply not accurate or are bad advice. Following the verification, the provisional ballot will be tabulated with the rest of the official results. It’s that easy. Teams of bipartisan election judges will review every provisional ballot, regardless of whether there is a close race or a blow-out.”


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