Ballot return figures released by the Secretary of State’s office yesterday show that Republican have an edge of about 50,000 ballots returned over Democrats so far this year–206,120 to 157,408 returned from the respective parties, and just under 118,000 from unaffiliated voters.
Republican voters are traditionally quicker to return their mail ballots, while Democrats tend to wait until closer to Election Day to cast their vote. Turnout, as usual, is going to be key in deciding how the only significant statewide measure, Proposition 103, will fare at the polls.
As is often the case in statewide elections, Denver will again play a key role here. With the ridiculous sums of money being spent in the Denver School Board races, there should be fairly strong turnout among a section of voters who are probably more inclined than not to support Prop. 103.