Colorado Election 2022: Live Blog, Results and Updates
2:03 p.m.: Senator Hickenlooper says Colorado’s electoral system is like cellophane. “You can see through.”
Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper was spotted by reporter Bente Birkeland dropping off his ballot at a drop box in Denver around lunchtime.
Shortly after, Hickenlooper began his shift as a pollwatcher for the first time.
On his reason for doing so:
“With such heightened awareness of ‘Is our vote safe? Are the votes corrupted or fraudulent in any way? I wanted to see the whole system, so I went through and took the course, which lasts an hour and a half and learned everything a spotter can do and the things a spotter can do. not do,” Hickenlooper told Birkeland.
He learned what voter intimidation was and how to clearly ensure that votes are counted accurately.
Although Hickenlooper said he went through the process to become more familiar with the system, he acknowledged that it will now help him talk to others about how the system works and how safe it is.
“I’m so proud of Colorado because our system is strong and transparent,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s like cellophane, you can see through it.”
As a poll watcher, the current senator and former governor will witness and verify the conduct of the election. He had to take an online rules test and get a certificate. Poll watchers work in bipartisan teams, with each member recommended by local party officials. Hickenlooper will therefore be paired with a Republican during his shift.
1:40 p.m.: In El Paso County, voters like to multitask and be festive
Reporter Dan Boyce spoke with voters in El Paso County who chose to cast their absentee ballots on Election Day for several reasons.
DeeAnn Rothstein, who describes herself as a conservative independent, cast her ballot at the Colorado Springs City Administration Building while walking her dog.
She said she multi-tasked by “drawing energy from my dog and doing my civic duty as well, which is really important to me.”
Rothstein said she isn’t worried about the electoral process in Colorado, noting its long history of mail-in voting.
Lindsey Grewe, who works for local TV station KKTV, said she was ‘always kind of a procrastinator’ and waited until Election Day to submit her ballot at Centennial Hall, she also thinks that it’s cool to vote on election day.
“It’s kind of festive,” Grewe said.
Grewe also said she trusts the electoral system.
“Absentee ballots have been around here longer than anywhere else in the country and it looks like we’re doing a pretty good job with that,” Grewe said.
Bri Romero approached a drop box in the downtown Colorado Springs administration building with a ballot in hand and ready.
“Well, that was actually my first time voting,” Romero said. “I’m only 18. So that was what was important to me. I’d rather my voice be heard than not.”
1:02 p.m .: What middle school students have to say
Journalist Paolo Zialcita spoke with CU students who shared their motivations for voting on Election Day.
Khyathi Velpuri, who works in health care and is a registered Democrat, said Covid-19 and abortion rights were her top concerns. And as a child of immigrants, she also resonates best with those who align with her beliefs.
“I vote based on whether I’m happy with what’s going on right now,” Velpuri said. “And I clearly wasn’t, so I thought, ‘You know what, let’s do something about it. “”
She thinks students don’t tend to vote due to time constraints and a stigma associated with politics, leading some to avoid even thinking about it.
“Even I was the same,” Velpuri said. “My first two years here at this school, I was very afraid to vote. I didn’t know if I was going to make the right decisions or the wrong ones. I felt like I wasn’t informed enough.
Maria Beaini, who is from Parker and is also a restaurant worker, said seeing the posts to vote on social media led her to the polls on Election Day.
Beaini voted for the Democratic candidates, noting that her political views differed from those of her Republican parents.
“I vote to go against what they say,” Beaini said. “I’m just, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do what you’re doing’.”
Climate change and women’s reproductive rights were Beaini’s main issues that drove her to the polls.
— Stephanie Rivera
12:28 p.m.: Departing…
Turnout is low in the 2022 elections
Despite all the talk about the importance of these midterm elections, voters in Colorado don’t seem very enthusiastic so far.
Overall turnout in the midterm elections is down significantly from the last midterm elections. About 1.7 million ballots had been counted by Monday night. This is around 150,000 fewer, or 9% less, than had been counted at this stage of the 2018 election.
The trend of low voting rates is confirmed in all major voting groups. A smaller portion of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters have voted so far, compared to this time in 2018.
About 51% of active Republican voters and 50% of active Democrats have had their votes counted so far. That compares to over 60% for both sides at this point in 2018.
Unaffiliated participation is the lowest of all. Only about 32% of unaffiliated active voters turned out last night. But unaffiliated voters are by far the largest group of voters in Colorado — so even with their apparent lack of enthusiasm, they still vote in greater numbers overall.
Republicans hoping for late surge of support as numbers lag
So far, Republicans are outvoting Democrats and unaffiliated voters.
As of Monday night, about 485,000 Republican ballots had been counted, compared to about 535,000 ballots from Democratic voters.
This gap is worrisome for Republicans. At this point in 2018, the two parties were nearly evenly matched in turnout — and Republicans continued to lose badly in national elections.
This could be a reflection of several different factors. First, overall turnout is down from 2018, including for Democrats. Voters may simply not be inspired by the candidates this year.
But the Republican numbers are particularly low. One reason is that there are simply fewer Republicans overall. The party has lost nearly 7% of its registered membership since 2018. Meanwhile, Democratic numbers have risen slightly — and the number of unaffiliated voters has exploded by 30%.
Still, Republicans remain hopeful for several reasons. First, voter turnout does not determine the election. Unaffiliated voters are by far the largest voting group now, and it’s much harder to predict how they might vote. Republicans could close some of the gap if they get support from those unaffiliated voters.
They are also reassured by the fact that Democratic turnout is also low.
“We’re not where we need to be, but neither are the Democrats. Their participation is also deleted. Their people are not excited,” said Kristi Burton Brown, chairwoman of the state’s Republican Party.
Republicans are also hoping for a late wave of voters from their own party. That would be unusual, since Republicans tend to vote earlier, not later. But this year could be different because of Conservative election denial.
Election conspiracy theorists have urged voters to turn in their ballots on Election Day, falsely claiming it would be safer. If Republican voters do so, it could lead to last-minute votes.
11:49 a.m.: Not technically a drive-thru
CPR News reporter Bente Birkeland sent this photo of about 50 Democracy Horses in action.
11:38 a.m .: Your government teacher wears cool pants to vote
Rebecca Dimaio teaches AP government and today voted for mayor.
“I teach all semester why you have to vote, so I vote here,” she told CPR News reporter Paolo Zialcita. “I like making it myself and I like getting the sticker.”
This week she voted and counted the ballots – although not in an official capacity in government.
“I also created a ballot for my students in the class that represents what their county ballot looks like, so they all had a chance to vote,” she said. “We’ll see how they compare to the rest of the state on Wednesday.”
11:01 a.m .: This is the most political Election Day story I can imagine
And that’s it for you!