622,000 ballots cast in Colorado November 5 election so far; Republican ballots outpacing Democrats'

DENVER - More than 622,000 ballots have been cast so far in Colorado's Nov. 5 election, according to the Secretary of State's office.

The statewide voter turnout report released Thursday morning shows that nearly 25 percent more Republicans than Democrats have cast their vote so far.

According to the latest tally, the ballots cast have been:

- 258,973 Republican

- 192,243 Democrat

- 165,291 Independent

- 3,432 Libertarian

- 1,091 Green

- 1,036 American Constitution

The counties with the biggest turnout are Jefferson (74,745), El Paso (72,643), Arapahoe (57,294), Douglas (52,270), Denver (51,117), Larimer (45,746), Adams (38,690), Boulder (35,865), Weld (30,191).

In all counties but Adams, Denver and Boulder, Republicans turned in more ballots than Democrats.

The biggest issues for this election are the recreational marijuana tax, education taxes (Amendment 66) and the vote on whether to secede and form a 51st state. Eleven counties are voting on the 51st state initiative.

To see the full list of the voter turnout, broken down by county and party affiliation click here: http://media.thedenverchannel.com/documents/November2013_Election_Turnout.pdf

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