Boulder County voters’ completed ballots are trickling in to the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
As of Friday, Boulder County had received 20,508 completed ballots, according to the latest daily turnout statistics posted Monday by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Those represent fewer than 10% of the 219,961 active registered voters on Boulder County’s rolls as of Monday.
But turnout is expected to increase in the coming week leading up to Election Day, as Boulder County continues to get completed ballots that voters have put in the mail, have deposited in 24-hour drop-off boxes, have delivered to drive-by ballot drop-off locations or have taken to voter service and polling centers.
If the past two odd-numbered-year elections are any indication, fewer than half of Boulder County’s eligible voters will cast ballots by the 7 p.m. Nov. 5 deadline for getting them back in to Clerk’s Office Elections Division.
In the November 2017 election, 43.6% of active registered Boulder County voters cast ballots. In November 2015, 44.9% of the county’s active registered voters cast ballots, according to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Voter turnouts are typically lower in odd-numbered years — when ballots are usually limited to local questions and local government candidate contests — than in even-numbered years’ elections, which often feature more statewide ballot questions as well as races for federal, state and county government offices.
In the November 2016 election, which included the U.S. presidential race, 89.3% of Boulder County’s active registered voters cast ballots. In November 2018, when Colorado voters were choosing a new governor and a voting on number of other state government offices, 82.4% of active registered voters participated, according to the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Among the totals as of Friday reported by the Elections Division were:
- 5,007 ballots from Boulder’s 68,644 active registered voters.
- 1.219 ballots from Lafayette’s 20,009 active registered voters.
- 6,211 ballots from the Boulder County portion of Longmont’s 60,152 active registered voters.
- 1,660 ballots from Louisville’s 15,402 active registered voters.
The rest of the ballots received as of Friday came from voters living in the Boulder County portion of Erie and from voters living in Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, Ward and unincorporated Boulder County.
Boulder County updates its turnout tallies daily. They can be viewed at tinyurl.com/y4ayvtph
The locations of 24-hour ballot drop-off boxes, voter service and polling centers and drive-by drop-off sites can be found at tinyurl.com/y9gvf28a or in the Daily Camera and Times-Call Voter Guide, tinyurl.com/yylv8c48
While Boulder County has distributed nearly 220,000 blank ballots, 9,548 of those have been returned to the Elections Division as being “undeliverable” because the U.S. Postal Service found the person no longer lives at the address listed on voter registration records. The Postal Service cannot legally forward ballots.
Monday was the last day the Elections Division could mail a replacement ballot to voters. From now through Election Day, a voter can visit any voter service and polling center to request and cast a ballot in-person.
People can also register to vote, get a ballot and cast it at a voter service and polling center right up through Election Day.
County clerks and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office have recommended that voters who have not yet returned their ballots should drop them off rather than mail them to ensure they arrive in time to be counted. Ballots must be received by the Elections Division by 7 p.m. Election Day.
Boulder County Elections Division open houses
Boulder County voters can see how their ballots are processed, how mail ballot signatures are verified, and learn about other ballot procedures and safeguards at two election open house ballot processing tours.
When: noon to 1:30 p.m Thursday, or 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 4, with tours approximately every 30 minutes.
Where: Elections Division’s Ballot Processing Center, 1750 33rd St. Boulder. Enter through the center’s east side warehouse.