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Colorado’s elections are lauded, but conservatives and advocates for voting access see room for changes

Colorado’s voting system performed without major flaws this year, but voting advocates are wondering how to improve it and critics suggest a recent constitutional change makes it ripe for legal challenges. The disparate views come as President Donald Trump and his allies challenge vote counts in other states. In Colorado, officials are preparing to certify […]

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Gov. Jared Polis will select one of these three people to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court

The retirement of Nathan B. Coats, the last Republican-appointed judge on the Colorado Supreme Court, has cleared the way for Gov. Jared Polis to make his first pick for the high court. Polis, a Democrat, is expected to announce his choice this week. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed five current justices and former Gov. Bill […]

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Colorado needs more people to help redraw political maps. And lack of diversity remains an issue.

Colorado officials anticipated a diverse group of more than 1,000 applicants would be interested in serving on each of two panels voters created to redraw electoral representation districts.  Instead, they got a fraction of that number and a group that does not reflect the diversity of the state. That sparse response has led officials and […]

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More Coloradans than ever voted this year, and the state’s turnout ranks in the top 5 nationwide

Empowered by mail ballots and energized by the nation’s polarized political climate, more Coloradans voted this year than ever before in the state’s history. More than 3.3 million ballots had been processed by state election officials through Thursday and the tally is expected to grow as remaining ballots are processed and counted. That represents 78% […]

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Colorado narrowly favors keeping national popular vote law in early returns

Update at 3:49 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020: The Associated Press has called Proposition 113 in its proponents’ favor. In a national first, Colorado voters are leaning toward joining the national popular vote movement to change the way the U.S. picks presidents. Voters considered whether to uphold a 2019 law that entered Colorado into […]

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What to know about voting and what to watch on Election Day in Colorado

A tumultuous national election could see drawn-out vote counts and lawsuits that delay the declaration of a winner in the presidential race. But Coloradans are likely to get some key answers Tuesday night. Early turnout has paced well ahead of previous years entering Election Day, a sign of high political engagement and interest, and shown […]

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Colorado election officials say they’re confident voters will be able to cast their votes safely

Colorado election officials are downplaying concerns about Election Day violence and insist voter intimidation has not been a concern, even as a handful of local governments have bolstered election-related safety measures in recent days. Pitkin County officials beefed up election safety by hiring security guards and banning firearms from polling places. Denver officials are preparing […]

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Colorado’s surging early-vote turnout is a strong sign for Democrats

More than half of all registered voters in Colorado had already voted by 3 p.m. Thursday, and some say by the time all the ballots are counted, the remarkably high turnout from 2016 will likely be eclipsed. This year’s early-vote numbers show higher turnout than in 2016 among both political parties. Unaffiliated voters have cast […]

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Rejected ballots top 10,000 in Colorado. Election officials are working to get them counted.

Jesus Balderrama voted for the first time in a presidential election this year. But a few days after sending in his ballot, which the Grand Junction resident marked for Democrat Joe Biden, he received a letter from election officials about a discrepancy with his signature.  The letter directed Balderrama to send a text to a […]

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One Colorado couple fled the East Troublesome fire with ballots. For others, voting options are abundant.

With the East Troublesome fire approaching his home, Jim Johnson hurried to the family desk to grab the computer and other electronics. Sitting next to the computer: his mail ballot and the one belonging to his wife.  He grabbed them, put them in his briefcase and the couple hit the road about 20 minutes after […]