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Low turnout projected for today’s Colorado elections

John Ingold
The Denver Post
Judy DeHaas, The Denver PostA man drops his ballot off in front of the Denver Election Commission on Nov. 3, 2009, and thanks election worker Carissa Marsh for standing outside and collecting the drive-up ballots

Last-minute ballots streamed into county clerks’ offices around the state Tuesday, but many counties still expected overall turnout to be well below 50 percent.

Results are not expected to be released until after the polls close at 7 p.m.

Boulder County was projecting a final turnout of around 35 percent. Denver and Jefferson counties expected a turnout around 25 percent.

Josh Liss, the deputy of elections for Jefferson County, said the turnout this year was in-line with similar odd-year elections following presidential elections.

“It’s lower than we’d like, obviously,” Liss said, “but not entirely abnormal.”

Part of the reason for the low turnout, Liss said, was the huge interest in the 2008 election – when more than 90 percent of the state’s active voters cast a ballot.

Registration drives in the run-up to the election swelled the state’s voting rolls. Clerks, then, sent out large numbers of ballots for this year’s mail-ballot-only election. But a number of voters on the election rolls may have since moved – meaning they wouldn’t have automatically received a mail-in ballot this year – or lost interest.

Also keeping turnout lower this year may have been the absence of a statewide issue to drive voter interest, said Boulder County Clerk’s spokeswoman Jessie Cornelius, who added that the county received a stream of last-minute ballots throughout the day.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13705316

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