Colorado voter turnout a record for primary election |

Colorado voter turnout a record for primary election

The last-minute votes streaming steadily into county clerks’ offices across the state Tuesday put an exclamation point on perhaps the most heavily watched primary election season ever in Colorado.

The number of ballots cast – more than 713,000 as clerks worked into the evening processing all the votes – was an all-time high. The turnout rates – over 40 percent for both Democrats and Republicans – matched or exceeded the turnout rates for all primaries going back at least three decades, according to archived data from the secretary of state.

By comparison, in 1998, when Colorado had contested (though not necessarily competitive) primaries for the Republican and Democratic nominations for both governor


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