This is the second presidential election in Colorado with mail ballots. The circumstances may never be repeated: first, the coronavirus pandemic, second, the attention given ballot manipulation or errors, mainly coming from the President of the U.S., on mail-in vs. absentee; third, a number of incidents of voter intimidation, even by government officials and departments; fourth, record setting number of new voter registrations; and, fifth, record setting number of ballots being cast than in traditional turnout patterns.
PROPOSITIONS & AMENDMENTS
Boulder County is situated north of Denver along the mountain foothills, which includes the college town of Boulder, and the city of Longmont. It is 25 miles from Lyons, which is in Boulder County.
The registered voters in the county total 259,604 — split 43% Democratic, 13.4% Republican and 42% unaffiliated. In 2016, Clinton won 70% and Trump received 22%.
Larimer County is in northern Colorado, which includes Pinewood Springs and the college towns of Loveland and Fort Collins, and the tourist town of Estes Park. It is a near-even major party split.
Eligible Registered Voter Counts: Democrats 1,129,825 active (107,390 inactive); Republican 1,028,336 active (103,575 inactive); Unaffiliated 1,541,444 active (198,903 inactive). Plus ACN, APV, GRN, LBR, UAF, and UNI. For a grand total of 3,767,687 active voters, and 421,366 inactive. As of November 2nd.
As of October 2020, Colorado had approximately 4.1 million voters, which is a ten percent increase since the 2016 election (up 386,687).
In 2016, almost 2.8 million Colorado voters cast ballots. This put Colorado on the list of the fourth largest turnout in the nation of eligible voting population (see Elect Project.org). The 2020 count may put Colorado at the top of the list.
Boulder County: The total registered voters in Boulder County are 274,450. This is split 27.2% Democratic, 27.5% Republican and 43% unaffiliated. In the 2016 presidential election, Clinton won 48% and Trump received 43%.
STATISTICS: November 3 Election, Colorado Secretary of the State:
As of 12:15 p.m. October 28 (six days before the November 3 election) 1,985,425 people cast ballots, or 48.31% of registered voters. Registered Democrats represented the largest group of early votes at 58.55%, followed by Republicans at 48.65% and “unaffiliated voters not aligned with a political party” was 41.55%.
As of 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, a total of 3,303,265 ballots have been received into the statewide voter registration system to be processed for tabulation in the 2020 General Election, with more ballots to be processed in the days ahead.
“This is an historic election. More Coloradans voted in this election than in any previous election in our state’s history, even in the midst of a pandemic. Colorado’s elections set the gold standard for the nation: it is clear that when people have access, they will vote,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “I am proud of Colorado’s elections and the voting access that we have added over the last two years. I also commend the county election officials, election judges, and the employees of the Department of State for doing such a tremendous job.”
Colorado’s turnout among active registered voters currently stands at 86.8%, higher than the turnout in 2016, which was 86.7%. The turnout rate among all registered voters (active and inactive) currently stands at 78.4%, higher than the 2016 rate of 74.3%. According to the United States Election Project, Colorado’s turnout rate among voting eligible population currently stands at 76.0%, eclipsing the 71.9% record set in 2016, and the largest since the statistic started being kept in 2000.
Candidates - elected
Presidential Race: UPDATE 11/7/20 – Joseph Biden wins the Presidential election; and Kamala Harris will be vice presient.
11/7/20 1PM Colorado time: Joseph Biden, 290 electoral votes, 50.61% of vote, 74,493,557 popular vote.
(Vice President-elect: Kamala Harris – first black, and Asian, and woman vice president elected to the office)
Donald Trump, 214 electoral votes, 47.73% of vote, 70,342,786 popular vote.
November 4, 20202: Colorado: 54.4% voted for Joe Biden (1,690,715) = 42% voted for Donald Trump (1,281,811).
As of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4: Joe Biden has 264 delegates and 50.4 percent of the vote. Donald Trump has 214 delegates and 48 percent of the vote. Some states will still need to complete more steps to declare these official counts. The last (swing) states who have not yet declared their unofficial vote counts are: Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia. Swing states: Trump got Florida, and Biden got Arizona, according to the AP. No official announcement yet: Alaska which has 3 electoral votes
U S / Washington, D.C. = Senate Race: John Hickenlooper 54; Cory Gardner 44.
The state now has two Democrat Senators in Washington, D.C., which includes Michael Bennett.
Representative Democrat Joe Neguse– District 2, was re-elected; and Republican Ken Buck, District 4.
AMENDMENTS & PROPOSITIONS
The figures are from when the count reported was 82%; but they stand as “yes” or “no” as of 11:30 a.m. November 4, the day after elections.
Amendment B – repeal property tax assessment rates/repeal Gallagher Amendment – passed 38 to 42. (82% reported) –Business vs. homeowners property taxes. It splits the burden between the two. Helps rural communities, schools, fire districts.
PROP. 116 – reduce state’s income tax rate – passed 57 to 43 –Reduces it from 4.63% to 4.55%; regardless of income; it is the main source of funding of Colorado’s General Fund.
Prop. 118 – family medical leave – passed 57 to 43. –It will be funded equally between employee and employer.
Prop 113 – join the National Popular Vote – passed 53 to 47. –The state is already joined with the compact; 14 other states are in it.
Prop. 115 – ban on late term pregnancies – rejected 41 to 59 –This is the 4th time in 12 years that an abortion ban has been rejected by Colorado voters.
Amendment 76 – Citizen Qualification wording: passed – The state constitution currently says that “every citizen” may vote, while the amendment would change it to say that “only citizens” may vote.
Amendment 77 — allow Gaming Limits in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek to approve their own gambling limits: passed by nearly 20 points. Allows revenues to go to community colleges.
Proposition EE – tax vaping and tobacco products – passed – will raise an estimated $168 million next fiscal year
Not resolved yet:
Prop. 114 – restore grey wolves – tie 50 to 50 = as of NOV 6 = 50.6% = YES
Prop 117 – voter approval requirement for Creation of Certain Fee-Based Enterprises. –Colorado uses fees to get around to not getting tax increases approval. = as of NOV 10 = 52.6% YES
Amendment C – Bingo Raffles, allow paid help to manage them; and shorten the time the charity must be active to get a license from 5 to 3 years.= as of NOV 10 = 52.2% YES (100% in)