Colorado election 2021: Liveblog, results and more
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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:
- Amendment 78, which would give the legislature more authority over more aspects of state spending, would've needed 55 percent of the vote as it would amend the state constitution. But as of 9 p.m., votes in favor sat at around 44 percent.
- Supporters of Proposition 119 have conceded defeat. The measure would have provided funding for low-income kids to supplement extracurricular activities by raising taxes on cannabis.
- And voters have seemingly decided to not cut property taxes, as Proposition 120 mustered only about 43 percent of support from voters as of 8:45 p.m. Backers of the measure have conceded that it is likely to fail.
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
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.
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:
8:52 a.m.: OK, we heard you like voting. If you've cast your ballot already, you might be interested in these stories:
- Colorado towns and cities are asking for voters’ help to solve their lack of affordable housing.
- She believed the election system was full of fraud. Her clerk set out to win her trust.
- Colorado's going to have a new Congressional map, with a whole new district. Here's the map.
- A fight about what to do with 155 acres of Denver is on the city's ballot today.
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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