Counties With High Hispanic Population Lagged In Election Turnout

November 6, 2015

Jefferson County dominated turnout in this election. Hispanic-heavy counties lagged. That's according preliminary turnout results from the state's most populous counties, released Thursday from the Secretary of State's office.

Photo: Elections 2015 Turnout Hispanic
Counties highlighted in red have a Hispanic population above 25 percent.
Contentious school board recall races drove high turnout in Jefferson County. Campaigns spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. And the ubiquitous TV ads helped to make it easily the most visible issue in 2015. It was the only county to see turnout top 50 percent.
Denver had relatively high profile issues, including the rebuild of the National Western Stock Show complex and sales tax-funded college scholarships. Yet, turnout was among the lowest in the state's biggest counties at 35 percent. 
That may be because Hispanics make up 1 in 3 people in Denver, and Hispanic turnout is generally lower in non-presidential year elections.
In fact, some of the counties with poor voter turnout have the biggest Hispanic populations.