The all-important 2020 election is here. Colorado voters will begin to receive their mail ballots this week and plenty of major decisions await them.
To get you ready to vote, The Colorado Sun put together a voter guide that looks at how to vote, explains the 11 statewide ballot questions and breaks down the key races ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
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- What you need to know about mail ballots and voting in Colorado
- What you need to know about the 11 statewide ballot measures
- The presidential race in Colorado: Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden
- Colorado’s U.S. Senate race: Cory Gardner vs. John Hickenlooper
- 3rd Congressional District: Lauren Boebert vs. Diane Mitsch Bush
- Colorado General Assembly: Democrats look to hold majorities
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What you need to know about mail ballots and how to vote in Colorado
Answers to questions about voting: Whether you’re new to mail ballots or need a make sure you remember how to do this, we have you covered. Here are answers to your questions about how elections work in Colorado. (UPDATED Oct. 19, 2020)
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- Colorado wanted to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. Then came coronavirus.
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What you need to know about the 11 statewide ballot measures
VOTER GUIDE: This election, all Colorado voters will consider a series of statewide ballot measures on major policies.
The ballot questions include abortion, the Electoral College, paid leave for workers, taxes and even the reintroduction of wolves. We explained each ballot measure and what’s at stake. Start here with this quick guide to the ballot questions and find even more links to dive deep on each one.
The presidential race in Colorado: Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden
Colorado is a must-win for Democrats if they want to take the White House.
In 2016, Donald Trump lost Colorado’s nine electoral votes by 5 percentage points, but his campaign is touting its organization in the state as a game-changer. But Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign is feeling confident it will win.
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- Colorado doesn’t appear to be a presidential swing state in 2020. That could spell big trouble for Cory Gardner.
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Colorado’s U.S. Senate race: Cory Gardner vs. John Hickenlooper
The U.S. Senate race in Colorado will help decide which party controls the chamber after the November election.
The contest pits Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner against Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper, the former governor and Denver mayor. And the two candidates are split on major issues, such as how to address climate change, health care and the economy.
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- Here’s what John Hickenlooper thinks about a U.S. Supreme Court expansion and what makes a good justice
- Cory Gardner has voted to confirm 98% of Trump’s judicial nominees as decision on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat looms
- Health care, the environment, coronavirus: How the pandemic has become a top election-year issue in Colorado
- John Hickenlooper’s conflicting record and rhetoric on fracking a point of dispute in U.S. Senate race
- Cory Gardner wants to get rid of Obamacare. But it’s not clear what he plans to replace it with.
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- Colorado progressives begrudgingly turn toward John Hickenlooper after U.S. Senate primary victory
- Cory Gardner goes all-in with Donald Trump, says the results for Colorado “are simply astounding”
- Cory Gardner’s science award led some to cry foul over climate change. Here’s why that’s notable for 2020.
3rd Congressional District: Lauren Boebert vs. Diane Mitsch Busch
The 3rd District is the most contested congressional race in Colorado. The vast district covers the Western Slope and southern Colorado.
Republican Lauren Boebert upset the incumbent congressman and now is favored in the heavily Republican district but she faces a challenge from Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, who lost to Tipton two years ago.
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- How Lauren Boebert rose from unknown to a candidate for Congress to someone in Donald Trump’s orbit
- Lauren Boebert discusses, defends her backstory during Durango visit
- Colorado’s GOP U.S. House candidate Lauren Boebert is latest linked to QAnon conspiracy theory
- Right-wing firebrand Lauren Boebert beats Trump-backed, 5-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton
- Want to understand the state of U.S. politics? Look no further than Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District primaries
Colorado General Assembly: Democrats look to hold majorities
The Democratic Party controls chambers of the state legislature and the two major parties are battle in a handful of swing districts this year. Here’s a look at the top races.
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