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Election 2020

Colorado voter guide: What you need to know about the 2020 candidates, mail ballots and how to vote

An election guide for Colorado voters on the major races and issues on the 2020 ballot

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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 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)

ASK US: If you have a question about voting or want to report problems voting, let us know and we’ll investigate.

EARLY VOTE TRACKER: Here’s a look at the Colorado turnout in the 2020 election

MONEY TRACKER: Colorado money tracker: A look at the candidates and campaigns spending to influence the 2020 vote

It’s Time to Vote: Get important information and tips on voting in your email once each week through Election Day. Sign up for The Colorado Sun’s It’s Time to Vote pop-up newsletter.

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Colorado early vote tracker: Here’s a look at the turnout in the 2020 election statewide and in the 11 largest counties


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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.

More coverage:

Can you trust the blue book? Colorado officials say they prioritize nonpartisanship in analyzing ballot questions

Editor’s note: How The Colorado Sun will cover the 2020 election — and why we need your help 


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The presidential race in Colorado: Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Photos via White House on Flickr, Gage Skidmore on Flickr under Creative Commons license)

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.

POLL TRACKER: How Donald Trump and Joe Biden are polling in the 2020 presidential election

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Donald Trump vs Joe Biden on Colorado issues: Where the presidential candidates stand

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Colorado’s U.S. Senate race: Cory Gardner vs. John Hickenlooper

Sen. Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper at the U.S. Senate debate at the Denver7 studio in Denver, on Oct. 9, 2020. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

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.

POLL TRACKER: How Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper are polling in the 2020 U.S. Senate election

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Cory Gardner vs John Hickenlooper on Colorado issues: Where the U.S. Senate candidates stand

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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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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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