More than 1.6 million Coloradans voted before actual "Election Day"

Mark Harden --- The Denver Business Journal 

Even before what many of us are in the habit of calling "Election Day," the election is already over for 1,607,220 of us.

That's how many Coloradans already have cast votes in the 2014 mid-term election out of 3,621,089 registered voters, according to data early Tuesday from Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office.

And — if veteran independent Colorado pollster Floyd Ciruli is right in projecting turnout of 2.2 million — it means that more than half of Coloradans who plan to vote had already done so.

This is the first partisan statewide general election in which all registered voters got ballots in the mail, whether they previously asked for one or not.

Of ballots returned already as of early Tuesday, 636,223 were cast by Republicans and 519,225 by Democrats, with 433,648 submitted by unaffiliated voters, Gessler's office said.

Among voters affiliated with other parties, Libertarians so far have returned 11,076 ballots and Green Party members 3,838.

Yes, you can still cast your mail-in ballot — you just can't mail it in any longer.

You have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to drop off your ballot at one of your county's drop-off locations no later than that date. (Click here to find out where those are.)

You can also register to vote as late as Tuesday. You can do so at a county election office, where you can pick up a ballot, fill it out and drop it off, or vote the old-fashioned way.

This is what's known as an "midterm" election, meaning no presidential candidates are on the ballot. But "midterm" makes it sounds unimportant, which couldn't be further from the truth.

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