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Election Day 2021: Live blog & updates

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 00:31:55-04

SOUTHERN COLORADO — Today is election day in Colorado, and while it's an off-year there are several important issues on the ballot. We're following races across the state and throughout southern Colorado.

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Here are your live updates on Election Day in Colorado:

10 p.m. | El Paso County Clerk and Recorder releases statement on results delay

"The El Paso County Elections Department has many safeguards in place to ensure the accuracy and validity of the vote totals when they are reported to the public. While uploading our first results of the evening with the bipartisan canvass board, who are appointed by the two major political parties, we discovered there was an issue with the card cast totals matching the figure that would have been reported by the Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) Election Night Reporting system.

It is of the utmost importance that any results reported by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office are 100% accurate. The Election staff and bipartisan canvass board reviewed and approved all results by verifying the accuracy twice before publishing. The delay in results was due to an abundance of caution and we are confident our safeguards work.

We look forward to hearing updates from the SOS office after their review to learn what may have transpired with their Election Night Reporting system. We will continue releasing results as the night progresses."

9:30 p.m. | Unofficial election update in Pueblo

  • Ballot Measure 2A Roads for Revenue still overwhelmingly passing
  • The gap between Heather Graham and Dennis Flores gets even smaller, but again, 2 people will win a seat. This leaves Mark Aliff off of City Council

8:32 p.m. | Vote Yes on Prop. 119 concedes

The Prop. 119 campaign has conceded. Right now, the vote is 45.71% yes, 54.29% no. The measure would have increased the sales tax on recreational marijuana by 5% to pay for out-of-school learning opportunities.

8:24 p.m. | Amendment 78

Amendment 78 will require a supermajority to pass, which is 55% of the vote, and it would change the state's constitution on how custodial funds are allocated.

7:15 p.m. | First glimpse of results for statewide issues
These early results include numbers from Denver, Mesa, Summit, & Teller counties. So far it shows all of the three statewide issues failing, but that could change by the end of the night.

Colorado Secretary of State

6:30 p.m. | Voter turnout update

So far, 1,208,926 ballots have been returned, that's about 31 percent voter turnout. Of those ballots cast, 373,412 are Democrats, 396,854 are Republicans, and 426,841 are unaffiliated. The large majority of those ballots, 1,193,368, were mailed in, and 15,558 voters have cast their ballot in person.

3:30 p.m. | Voter turnout update

Per the latest numbers from @COSecofState turnout statewide is about 24 percent. Turnout in El Paso County is so far at 23 percent, meanwhile, turnout in Pueblo County is at around 20 percent. On average, voter turnout for off-year elections trends at around 35 percent.

2:41 p.m. | Colorado Secretary of State provides Election Day update

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Denver election officials held an Election Day briefing Tuesday to discuss the latest numbers and remind voters they have until 7 p.m. to drop off their ballots.

As of noon on Election Day, Griswold reported 961,877 Colorado voters have already cast a ballot. Of those ballots cast, 303,010 are Democrats, 314,414 are Republicans, and 335,370 are unaffiliated. The large majority of those ballots, 953,566, were mailed in, and 8,311 voters have cast their ballot in person.

Griswold expects turn out to be on par with off-year elections, when about 40% of the eligible voters participate.
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