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Colorado 9th in voter turnout

Burt Hubbard
The Denver Post

Voting by Latino and black residents in Colorado surged during last year’s historic presidential election as the state posted the ninth highest overall turnout in the United States.

A new survey by the U.S. Census Bureau also showed that turnout among young voters and men edged upward, while voting by white residents and aging baby boomers fell compared with the 2004 presidential election.

Jessie Ulibarri, Colorado state director for Mi Familia Vota, a not-for-profit, get-out-the vote organization, said voters were energized by both President Barack Obama’s candidacy and the long list of state ballot issues that included a measure to do away with affirmative action.

“Across the board, it was historic, from presidential all the way down to issues,” Ulibarri said.

The census survey found that 68.4 percent of U.S. citizens 18 years of age and older in Colorado voted in November, up from 67.4 percent in 2004. That was the ninth highest rate among the 50 states and above the national turnout of 63.6 percent.

Black turnout jumped from less than 50 percent to almost 60 percent between the two elections. Latino turnout rose from 45.7 percent to 51.4 percent, the survey found.

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