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  Early voter turnout in Colorado increases a “bonkers” 2,400% from 2016
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Last EditedBrentinCO  Oct 16, 2020 12:55pm
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AuthorAlex Burness
News DateFriday, October 16, 2020 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMore than 300,000 Colorado voters have returned ballots for the Nov. 3 election as of 11:30 Wednesday night — a staggering display of enthusiasm in a state that sends all voters a ballot by mail.

When that latest figure was tabulated by the Secretary of State’s Office, Colorado was 20 days out from the election. Twenty days out from the 2016 election — when Colorado also had universal mail-in voting — 12,141 people had cast ballots, said a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jena Griswold. That’s a 2,377% increase in early turnout this year as compared with 2016, when overall voter turnout far exceeded the national average.

“It’s great for democracy to see so many Coloradans making their voices heard,” Griswold told The Denver Post. “Even with ballots still being mailed this week to registered voters, turnout is 24 times higher than at this point in 2016.”

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Of the 300,795 people who had voted as of late Wednesday, 46% were registered Democrats, who comprise just 30% of total active, registered voters in Colorado and typically vote later than Republicans.

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Republicans make up 27% of the state’s overall voter roll but accounted for only 19% of ballots received by late Wednesday.
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