Colorado’s Voter Turnout (Almost) Leads Nation, Again

Denver7’s Blair Miller logs another historical note on the 2018 elections in Colorado that should make our state’s winners and losers alike proud to play the game:

Colorado had the nation’s second-highest turnout rate in the 2018 midterm election, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state’s office and the Florida-based United States Elections Project.

As of Tuesday, 2,581,426 Coloradans voted in last Tuesday’s election, though the signature-curing process and counting of military and overseas ballots won’t be finished until Wednesday. Some counties were still in the process of “duplicating” some ballots as well…

At 61.9 percent of that population, Colorado ranked second behind Minnesota, which turned out 64.3 percent of its voting-eligible population. The U.S. Election Project says the voting-eligible population “represents an estimate of persons eligible to vote regardless of voter registration status.”

Colorado’s extremely high rate of voter participation is made possible by having arguably the most accessible and flexible election system in America–with mail ballots, same-day registration of unregistered voters, and pre-registration of teens so their ability to vote is automatic when they reach voting age. Colorado’s outgoing Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who began his term in office with preposterous alarmism on Fox News about the insecurity of Colorado’s mail ballots, became a proponent and even a reliable debunker of his own party’s misinformation as the state’s experience validated the efficacy of the reforms Williams and his fellow Republicans had campaigned against.

The stark contrast between Colorado’s election system, designed to facilitate participation, versus other states whose unapologetically partisan election laws leave millions of voters effectively disenfranchised cannot be overstated. It is the literal difference between the small-d democratic values America claims to stand for, and making a mockery of those values.

Have we mentioned recently how much we love living in Colorado?

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    So, only two out of five potential voters in Colorado had their heads up their ass?

    Boy, are we proud!

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Well, no doubt there are some special circumstances for some voters — last I checked, some Anabaptist movement folks and Jehovah's Witnesses don't vote. And some Colorado voters overseas may have gotten swept up the the on-going hassle of voting from abroad (one article I saw suggested a 4% — four! percent — voting rate from ex-pats).

      And then there are the other 37% of the population.

      • joejoe says:

        Don't know how the ex-pats would have any more trouble voting than those living in Colorado.  The ballots were mailed out to them 45 days before the election (about Sept. 22?).  I received mine in B.C. before Oct. 1, and I was notified my ballot had been received by Denver Elections even before ballots were mailed out to those within Colorado I think Oct. 15.

        Maybe they'd have trouble if they were new Colo. voters, or had skipped some elections or moved (without sending the new address), but then I've never missed any election since I first voted in '72 (when I was 19).

        Hassle?  What hassle?


  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    "how much we love living in Colorado………"

    Yes, living here is loved. Back in the 1980s, one could get their far left wing fix and far right wing fix just by going to Boulder. Lefties are still there, but Soldier of Fortune magazine is no longer published. 

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