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Voter turnout below 50% in Colorado counties

John Ingold
The Denver Post

Voter turnout in most parts of Colorado hovered well under 50 percent Tuesday, in contrast to the intense interest shown to last year’s election.

Even as last-minute mail-in ballots streamed steadily into clerks’ offices across Colorado, most clerks reported manageable workloads and few problems on election night.

Boulder and El Paso counties were projecting final turnout of about 35 percent of eligible voters. Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Doug las and Jefferson counties all expected turnouts of 25 percent to 30 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.”

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

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