Colorado election 2021: Liveblog, results and more

· Nov. 2, 2021, 8:36 am
At Denver Elections Division headquarters, ballot boxes are stacked before being unloaded and sorted ahead of verification and counting on November 2, Election Day 2021.

10:53 p.m. — That's it for us this Election Day. We'll see you tomorrow with some more news.


9:18 p.m. — So far, Colorado voters appear to have voted down Amendment 78, Proposition 119 and Proposition 120.

Now, just a reminder, CPR News is not calling these races, nor is the Associated Press. 

But as of 9 p.m., it certainly looks like the three statewide measures have a pretty steep hill to climb if they are to pass.

Here's where things stand:

Again, election results are not final and will not be certified by the state until Nov. 29.

You can see the full results and more Election Day coverage on our election dashboard.

Obed Manuel

211102-ELECTION-DAY-PROPOSITION-119Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Proposition 119 campaign strategist Josh Penry, standing at left, and former state Senator Mike Johnston, at right, watch election returns at The Maven Hotel in Denver on Tuesday night, Election Day, November 2, 2021.

8:34 p.m. — So far, Colorado voters appear headed to defeat all three statewide measures on their ballots this year.

Read more about Amendment 78, Proposition 119 and Proposition 120.


7:01 p.m. — Polls are closed! First results will be in shortly. You can see those and more here, on our dashboard.


4:43 p.m.: Important dog and voting update from CPR arts reporter Monica Castillo and her pup Mia.

Remember! You have until 7 p.m. to drop your ballot in a ballot box (dog not required).

Alex Scoville

3:06 p.m.: A look at voter turnout so far:

961,877 ballots have been returned as of Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., and the majority of those are mail-in ballots. There are more than 3.8 million registered voters in Colorado, and about four more hours to go.

— Francie

10:00 a.m.: Three things, all related to 7 p.m.

  • You can vote in-person until 7 p.m. tonight (if you're in line by then, you're good)
  • You can also REGISTER to vote and vote until 7 p.m. tonight
  • You have until 7 p.m. tonight to drop your ballot in a ballot box (it's way too late to mail it back)

Also, if you're a Denver voter, Denverite's voter guide also exists as a Twitter thread if that's easier for you to reference as you fill in your bubbles:

— Francie

At Denver Elections Division headquarters, ballots are unloaded and sorted ahead of verification and counting on November 2, Election Day 2021. Kevin Castillo, left, and Caroline Nelson, work on a ballot sorting machine.

8:52 a.m.: OK, we heard you like voting. If you've cast your ballot already, you might be interested in these stories:

— DB

8:35 a.m.: Clouds in Denver, clouds in Grand Junction, clouds in Pueblo -- it's a gray Election Day in Colorado, but we're here with a liveblog and coffee, and you're here with whatever you've got, so let's do this.

It's an off-year election, with three statewide initiatives — to raise marijuana sales taxes, decrease property tax rates, and give the legislature direct authority over more kinds of spending. As public affairs editor Megan Verlee wrote this morning, Colorado’s constitution requires that ballot measures in off-year elections be limited to addressing state finances. 

We'll update periodically, but of course we don't expect any results at all until the 7 o'clock hour, and even then things won't be final.

Election results are not final until they've been certified -- which the state will do on November 29th, barring any recounts. The Associated Press is not calling races in Colorado this year, and CPR News and KRCC don't call races. We will report vote tallies as they are counted and reported by the Secretary of State, and we will report if a group supporting or opposing a ballot measure concedes defeat.

— Dave Burdick

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