DENVER – Colorado voters under 40 have returned just a fraction of their mail-in ballots for the upcoming election when compared to older voters, according to new numbers out Wednesday from the secretary of state.
But only 12 percent of the ballots returned so far have come from voters under age 40, and voters aged 18-25 have returned only 2.7 percent of the total number of ballots.
On the contrary, voters over age 71 have returned the most ballots thus far: 30.6 percent have come from that group. Slightly fewer (29.6 percent) have been returned from voters aged 61-70.
The secretary of state’s office and U.S. Postal Service are asking anyone who will be mailing their ballot back to their county clerk to do so by Oct. 31.
Six counties won’t have an election this year – Cheyenne, Dolores, Grand Hinsdale, Mineral and Washington counties – and people in those counties won’t be receiving ballots, as there are no contested races or local bond measures on which to vote.
But approximately 50,000 Arapahoe County voters won’t receive a ballot this year because they don’t live in a coordinating jurisdiction, nor will approximately 10,000 Adams County voters in the same situation, according to the Arapahoe County Elections Division.
There will also be no statewide ballot issues this year for the first time since 2009, as odd years are usually used to send TABOR matters to voters.