Most Garfield County voters unaffiliated |

Most Garfield County voters unaffiliated

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Glenwood Springs CO, Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico has had a busy week. The Garfield County, Colorado Clerk’s Office received around 3,000 voter registrations filed on Monday, Oct. 6, the last day for new voters to register for the upcoming Nov. 4 general election.

“It was busy because people mistakenly thought that Monday was the last day they could do anything,” Alberico said. “Truly, it was the last day for someone who had never registered in the state of Colorado to register to vote.”

People who are already registered but have moved to another county where they were not registered can still do so. Changes of address or emergency registrations can be done at the Garfield County Clerk’s Office in Glenwood Springs, the Rifle Annex or online, all the way up to Nov. 4.

Garfield County has had 3,882 new registered voters since the beginning of 2008 through Thursday, according to Alberico. Republicans had the lowest number of new voters with 970, Democrats came in slightly higher with 1,085, while 1,827 voters went unaffiliated.

The majority of voters in Garfield County are unaffiliated, with 12,457 active and inactive voters registered as of Thursday. Republican affiliation is the second highest with 10,034 registered voters, while Democrats trail with 7,851. Inactive voters are those who didn’t vote in the 2006 election but are still registered in Garfield County.

Garfield County has been considered a swing county in this year’s election, and Colorado has received much media attention for being a swing state.

Historically, Garfield County has voted Republican in 18 of the past 22 presidential elections, dating back to the 1920 election between Republican Warren Harding and Democrat James Cox, according to statistics from the Rocky Mountain News.

The only Democratic presidential candidates to receive the majority of votes in Garfield County were Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936, Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Bill Clinton in 1992.

Historically, Colorado has voted 22 times for GOP candidates since 1876, 10 times for Democrats, and once for James Baird Weaver, who represented the Populist Party in 1892, according to

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