The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in Colorado

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 5:32 pm, November 7, 2016

In 2013, Colorado legislature approved mail-in ballots, becoming one of just three states to use them. It’s how around 95 percent of Coloradans vote.


What time do the polls close?

Across Colorado, polls close at 7 p.m. Voters in line by 7 p.m. may still cast their ballots.

A 2014 district court ruling established that any mail-in ballots must reach the clerk by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.


What time do results start rolling in?

The results for Colorado may take longer to turn around than other places. As of Nov. 7, just 56 percent of the 3.26 million people who received mail-in ballots had returned them.


Republicans pull ahead in early voting

Democrats have led early voting in Colorado this year, but on Monday, Republicans overtook them by about 7,350 voters.


Pay attention to Denver and Boulder.

They’re both big, Democrat-leaning counties—and they tend to report preliminary results later on election night. So earlier reports on Election Night may look more Republican than they really are.

For instance, in 2014, when Boulder and Denver were finally counted, Cory Gardner’s big lead over Mark Udall narrowed significantly, though he still won the senate seat.


Mail-in ballots have caused controversy prompted legal challenges before.

A Conejos County sheriff lost the primary by just 17 votes. He sued, arguing that some of the ballots postmarked on the election should be counted. In 2014, the judge considering that case ruled that mail-in ballots must be in the clerk’s hands by 7 p.m. to be counted.

For this election, Coloradans were urged to mail their ballots by Nov. 1; but in many counties, voters can also submit their mail-in ballots in 24-hour drop boxes before the 7 p.m. Election Day deadline.