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Check here for final Colorado Nov 2018 election results.

Nov Election 2018

Co Election News

*News Release: Another Colorado election is in the books

DENVER, Dec. 7, 2018 -- The 2018 general election, which set records for turnout, is officially over.

In all, 2,583,580 Coloradans cast votes that were counted by their county clerks.

"The administration of the election went extraordinarily well," said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. "I'm very proud of the work done by our office and by Colorado's county clerks to ensure that a record number of Coloradans were able to vote."

The Secretary of State's website provides the election results, complete with maps that show voter turnout by county among other things.

One result of the higher turnout is that the signature requirement for a citizens initiative for the next four years will be 124,632 valid voter signatures. It had been 98,492. The state constitution requires signatures from "at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous general election."

Voter turnout can be calculated in several ways:

  • *Turnout by active voters: 75.7% (2,583,580 / 3,410,856)
  • *Turnout by registered voters: 65.5% (2,583,580 / 3,946,475)
  • *Turnout by voting eligible population: 63.0% (2,583,580 / 4,103,903)

Voting eligible population, or VEP, is the national standard, and Colorado scored second highest in the nation.

2018 VEP Top Five:

Minnesota 64.3%
Colorado 63.0%
Montana 62.0%
Wisconsin 61.7%
Oregon 61.5%

The national VEP turnout for the Nov. 6 election was 50.1 percent. Colorado has scored higher than the national average this entire decade. In fact, Colorado's turnout this election was higher than 32 states during the last presidential election.

How Colorado voted

Mail ballot: 2,465,083 or 95.3%*
In person total: 120,960 or 4.7%
In person on Election Day: 91,131
Provisional ballots: 455

  • Mail ballot includes ballots returned by the post office, dropped into 24-hour ballot drop-boxes or delivered in person to a Voter Service and Polling Center. That breakdown is not yet available.

Demographic turnout

Women: 51.5%
Men: 47.2%
Unknown: 1.2%

Democrats dominated in the 2018 general election, winning all statewide offices, including Secretary of State. Williams, a Republican, leaves office on Jan. 8. Co Election News

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Voter Registration

Vote411.org Find personalized voting, ballot and polling place information.
a project of the League of Women Voters.

*Are you registered to vote? First, check your Colorado Voter registration status. This reference will also let you active your registration status, determine your voting precinct and/or change your voting information. Just click on the appropriate icon and enter your voter information.

*Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? You may also register or change your registration at My Voter Information

*If you prefer to register by mail in Colorado, click CO Secretary of State registration and click on register to vote. Print the form and submit it by mail to the County Clerk for the county of your residence.

General Election Information - 2018

*11/7/18: Click 2018 local election results for the Durango Herald consolidation of 11/6/18 results

Where to Vote

Where can I vote in the June 28 La Plata County Primary election?
Registered Colorado voters receive ballots in the mail. Voters may choose to vote in person at any polling station or voter service center if they prefer to vote in person. Colorado voters may also mail in their ballots before Election Day. Unregistered voters may still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during the early in-person voting period or on Election Day. Contact your County Election Office for questions about this process.

LWVCO Advocacy

*Sept 30, 2018: To read the LWV Colorado 2018 Ballot issues and explanations please click the following:

*Sept 20, 2018, 2018 LWVCO Ballot Positions:
To all Colorado League Members,
Here are the ballot issue positions adopted by the LWVCO Board of Directors at their September 19 board meeting. It contains the major provisions of each ballot issue, and the reasons why the board adopted their positions.

Click 2018 Ballot Positions to read more.

*Sept 21, 2018, Letter from LWVCO President:
To All Colorado League members:
The League of Women Voters of Colorado Board of Directors met Wednesday, September 19 for their regular board meeting. One of the items on the agenda was to decide our positions on the various ballot proposals. As one ballot issue, Amendment 73, Funding for Public Schools, generated considerable discussion and debate, it merits a special explanation.
Click Amendment 73 to read more.

2018 History

11/21/18: Latest 2018 Colorado Election News from CO Secretary of State, Wayne Williams

Colorado's county clerks wrap up third risk-limiting audit

DENVER, Nov. 21, 2018 -- Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today that Colorado has successfully completed its third risk-limiting audit, a process designed to catch mistakes when ballots are tabulated.

The procedure provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is right and has a high probability of correcting a wrong outcome. Risk-limiting audits require election officials to examine and verify more ballots in close races and fewer ballots in races with wide margins.

The races to audit were chosen through a random seed, which is a number consisting of at least 20 digits. The number is created by sequential rolls of 20 individual 10-sided dice. This number is used to determine which specific ballots will be pulled in each race to compare with the election results.

Among these races are county clerk contests, mayoral elections and the first statewide race in Colorado to go through the process: the bid for attorney general between Republican George Brauchler and Democrat Phil Weiser, the victor.

All participating counties completed the state question without error.

Five counties had to do a second round on the county questions. Those counties are Jefferson, Pueblo, Chaffee, Lake, and Kiowa. One county, Otero, had to do four rounds due to human error when pulling ballots.

Two counties, Jackson and San Juan, did not participate in this year's risk-limiting audit because they hand count their ballots.

For more information on this and past audits, visit the Audit Center.

*11/7/18: Click 2018 local election results for the Durango Herald consolidation of 11/6/18 results

*10/25/18 LWVLPC: SOURCES FOR NON-PARTISAN INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUES ON THE COLORADO BALLOT

  • *For any one wanting to understand the issues on the State ballot in the 2018 election ballot we suggest you refer to the Ballot Issues Pamphlet from the League of Women Voters of Colorado. The paper edition of the pamphlet is available at the libraries in Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio. This pamphlet was prepared by the Colorado League of Women Voters and is a concise, understandable, complete review of all the issues.

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*This year it has been our pleasure at LWV LPC to partner with the Political Science Dept. at Ft. Lewis College in presenting several events relating to the November election.

One of the most ambitious, and rewarding, of these collaborations was to work with students in Prof. Michael Dichio's " Introduction to US National Government" classes as they prepared presentations to explain both sides of the amendments and propositions on the CO ballot. The students did research, studied the appropriate way to frame their research in non-partisan language, and prepared short videos of their projects. The videos, which cover 11 of the issues, were then shown at a League Forum on the ballot, held at Ft. Lewis, with the students presenting to an appreciative audience almost equally comprised of community members and students.
These short videos are available on this website through the Ft. Lewis You Tube channel .
We applaud the students for their good work and hope the partnership that made these videos possible will continue in future elections.

**Of course, if you want to immerse in the issues, please refer to the ultimate source of information, the Blue Book, which is mailed to all voters from the CO Legislative Council and can be viewed online at Colorado BlueBook

County recorder logo *Click 2018 La Plata County election information supplied by the La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker
Included are the following:

  • *2018 Election Calendar
  • *2018 General Election FAQs
  • *2018 General Election Sample Ballots - The sample ballots reflect all races and measures included in the 2018 General Election. Ballot style is determined by a voters residency so all issues may not be included on a ballot. If you have additional questions please contact us at 970-382-6296.
  • *2018 General Election Logic and Accuracy Test Public Notice
  • *2018 Statewide Blue Book
  • *2018 Local TABOR Notice

LWVCO *Sept 30, 2018: To read the LWV Colorado 2018 Ballot issues and explanations please click the following:

  • *Ballot Issues 2018
  • *Ballot Issues 2018 Spanish translation
  • *Pro-Con Groups 2018
  • *Redistricting Y&Z *Click 2018 election information supplied by the La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker
    Included are the following:
  • *2018 Election Calendar
  • *2018 General Election FAQs
  • *2018 General Election Sample Ballots - The sample ballots reflect all races and measures included in the 2018 General Election. Ballot style is determined by a voters residency so all issues may not be included on a ballot. If you have additional questions please contact us at 970-382-6296.
  • *2018 General Election Logic and Accuracy Test Public Notice
  • *2018 Statewide Blue Book
  • *2018 Local TABOR Notice

* The 2018 State Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) has arrived via the mail. It contains Summary and Analysis, Arguments For and Against and Estimate of Fiscal Impact for each of the 13 Amendments and Propositions included in the November 6, 2018 Colorado Ballots. Also included are Recommendations on retention of Judges.
Click BLUEBOOK to read this information on-line.

*10/25/18 LWVLPC: SOURCES FOR NON-PARTISAN INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUES ON THE COLORADO BALLOT

  • *For any one wanting to understand the issues on the State ballot in the 2018 election ballot we suggest you refer to the Ballot Issues Pamphlet from the League of Women Voters of Colorado. The paper edition of the pamphlet is available at the libraries in Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio. This pamphlet was prepared by the Colorado League of Women Voters and is a concise, understandable, complete review of all the issues.

FLC logo

*This year it has been our pleasure at LWV LPC to partner with the Political Science Dept. at Ft. Lewis College in presenting several events relating to the November election.

One of the most ambitious, and rewarding, of these collaborations was to work with students in Prof. Michael Dichio's " Introduction to US National Government" classes as they prepared presentations to explain both sides of the amendments and propositions on the CO ballot. The students did research, studied the appropriate way to frame their research in non-partisan language, and prepared short videos of their projects. The videos, which cover 11 of the issues, were then shown at a League Forum on the ballot, held at Ft. Lewis, with the students presenting to an appreciative audience almost equally comprised of community members and students.
These short videos are available on this website through the Ft. Lewis You Tube channel .
We applaud the students for their good work and hope the partnership that made these videos possible will continue in future elections.

**Of course, if you want to immerse in the issues, please refer to the ultimate source of information, the Blue Book, which is mailed to all voters from the CO Legislative Council and can be viewed online at Colorado BlueBook

County recorder logo *Click 2018 La Plata County election information supplied by the La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker
Included are the following:

  • *2018 Election Calendar
  • *2018 General Election FAQs
  • *2018 General Election Sample Ballots - The sample ballots reflect all races and measures included in the 2018 General Election. Ballot style is determined by a voters residency so all issues may not be included on a ballot. If you have additional questions please contact us at 970-382-6296.
  • *2018 General Election Logic and Accuracy Test Public Notice
  • *2018 Statewide Blue Book
  • *2018 Local TABOR Notice

LWVCO *Sept 30, 2018: To read the LWV Colorado 2018 Ballot issues and explanations please click the following:

*Tuesday, October 16, 5:30PM - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum -Student Presentations, Fort Lewis College, Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120. (Adjacent to the Community Concert Hall).
LWV of La Plata is partnering with the FLC Political Science Department to present these Candidates and Issues forums on Oct 9 and 16. Both sessions are open to local attendance.

Please join us for our final election event TONIGHT. Video presentations by Students joined by League Panel for Q&A.