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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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Colorado vote tracker: Here’s a look at turnout in the 2020 election

Updated at 9 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 Colorado voters are casting ballots in droves ahead of the 2020 election, pushing vote totals toward new levels. As of 9 a.m. Nov. 5, 3,295,192 people had cast ballots, or 78.7% of total registered voters, a Colorado Sun analysis shows. This is the second presidential election in Colorado […]

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Colorado opens statewide in-person voting with rules designed to prevent coronavirus outbreaks

If you drive to the main ballot drop box in Gunnison, an election worker in full-body protective equipment reaches over with a 6-foot “grabber” arm to push open the flap so you don’t have to touch anything while placing the envelope in the slot.  In Larimer County, election officials ask in-person voters to use one […]

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Robberies dropped, fights between roommates spiked: How quarantine affected crime in Colorado

Nobody knew how the coronavirus, with its historic stay-at-home order from the governor, would influence and inspire crime across Colorado.  No previous period, no critical incident, offered much in the way of clues to how law breaking would evolve — how conditions would reshape the ways people interacted in close quarters; how violence might erupt […]

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Colorado likely won’t have an accurate coronavirus death count for months, or even years

Across Colorado, there is a mystery brewing in mortality. At least 1,200 more people died last month in the state compared to in April 2019, according to official — though preliminary — figures. But only a fraction of that increase is currently being attributed to the novel coronavirus. So, in a time of unprecedented public […]

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Most of Denver area to remain under stay-at-home order as governor eases statewide restrictions

Most of the Denver metropolitan area will remain under a stay-at-home order through at least May 8 even as Gov. Jared Polis relaxes his statewide restrictions on Coloradans’ movement starting next week.  Public health officials in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties on Friday followed Denver’s lead in keeping the stay-at-home mandate in place, […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order raised a lot of questions. Don’t call 911 to ask them.

Coloradans with questions about the state’s new stay-at-home order were slamming phone lines at law enforcement agencies this week, sometimes to report their neighbors’ perceived violations but mostly to ask what they are allowed to do. Callers want to know if they will get charged if they leave their homes for regularly scheduled child custody […]

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Metro counties drop stay-at-home orders for one issued by state of Colorado

Three public health departments that on Wednesday issued stay-at-home orders for 2.5 million Front Range residents rescinded them on Thursday, saying they conflict with the statewide order issued by Gov. Jared Polis. The directors of Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department said their organizations, representing five metro Denver counties, […]

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To boost low measles vaccination rates, public health agencies are targeting Colorado’s biggest counties

Public health officials in five of Colorado’s most populous counties are trying to make a dent in the state’s low measles vaccination rate, targeting parents of kindergarteners as they warn rates are too low to prevent an outbreak. In Denver County, the parents of about 800 children ages 4-6 got letters notifying them their kids […]

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Here’s a roundup of the most important 2019 local election results in Colorado

Coloradans decided on two major statewide ballot measures on Tuesday, but they also made key choices in a number of local races that will shape the state for years to come.  From the Aurora mayoral contest to a big Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights question in Jefferson County and the future of oil and gas drilling […]