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Proposal to let 16-year-olds vote in Colorado school board elections advances

The next time candidates campaign for school board seats in Colorado, they might have a new voting bloc to consider. Legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local school board elections cleared the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. That same committee voted down similar legislation last year amid concerns from county clerks, who run […]

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Bernie Sanders wins Colorado’s Democratic presidential primary, but late ballot surge may tighten race

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Colorado on Tuesday, building from his dedicated fan base in the state. But an 11th-hour surge in ballots may help former Vice President Joe Biden close the gap and split the race for delegates. The Associated Press called the race for Sanders a moment after voting ended […]

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How 5 Coloradans, undecided on the Democratic presidential primary, are weighing their candidate options

Roughly 2 million registered unaffiliated and Democratic voters in Colorado have yet to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential primary with just a week left before Election Day.  While it’s not necessarily unusual for those groups to hang onto their ballots until the 11th hour, the numbers also suggest that Coloradans remain largely undecided […]

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Nearly 600 uncounted 2019 ballots have been found in a western Colorado county

GRAND JUNCTION — An elections clerk in a western Colorado county found nearly 600 ballots for the November 2019 election that went uncollected — and uncounted, she reported this week. “This is a very serious offense and I wanted to let people know,” Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters told The Daily Sentinel. The 574 […]

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Hickenlooper has likely secured his spot on the U.S. Senate primary ballot. But will the Democratic base embrace him?

John Hickenlooper on Wednesday likely secured his spot on Colorado’s 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate primary ballot, turning in thousands of signatures — about a month earlier than necessary — to ensure he is part of the June election.  But the two-term former governor still faces a test in the form of the the state’s caucuses […]

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Colorado’s 2020 presidential primary ballots are hitting the mail. Here’s what you need to know.

County clerks across Colorado can begin sending 2020 presidential primary ballots to the state’s 3.9 million registered voters on Monday. Voters have until 7 p.m. on March 3, deemed Super Tuesday because so many state primaries fall on that day, to return their ballots.  This will be Colorado’s first presidential primary in 20 years after […]

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Colorado Springs is emblematic of the gender gap opening among Hispanics who could be key in 2020

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS — Yolanda Avila and Andres Pico are friends who sit next to each other on the Colorado Springs’ city council. But politically the two couldn’t be further apart — Avila is a durable Democrat and Pico an unflinching Republican. It’s a split that’s common across the country, […]

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Coloradans keep rejecting statewide tax questions to fund transportation. Democrats are now eyeing a regional approach.

Coloradans have rejected statewide tax questions to pay for badly needed road improvements and repairs in back-to-back years, most recently earlier this month with Proposition CC. But Democrats are still driven to find a long-term funding pipeline to address problems like crumbling infrastructure and congestion. While their preference remains to find a catch-all fix — […]

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Comparing voters to their neighbors can dramatically boost turnout. A Colorado mailer, however, really missed the mark.

Using mailers as a form of social pressure to urge people to vote is among the most effective ways of driving election turnout, studies show. The tactic, in fact, can be even more potent than door-to-door canvassing.  That’s especially true when voters are told how their voting record compares to their neighbors’. Such messaging can […]