Another Colorado election is in the books

LogoDENVER, 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:

  1. Minnesota 64.3%
  2. Colorado 63.0%
  3. Montana 62.0%
  4. Wisconsin 61.7%
  5. 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.


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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