A group of prominent Democratic women met Monday at Snooze restaurant on Colorado Boulevard in Denver and then walked across the street to cast early votes at Christ Center Methodist Church. The women voted at the same time on their lunch hour to demonstrate the ease and importance of early voting, either by casting mail ballots or at numerous early-voting centers set up in every county.
Through Monday afternoon, early-vote turnout statewide was 443,611 according to figures released by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. That included 184,982 votes cast by registered Republicans, 159,882 by registered Democrats and 95,926 cast by unaffiliated voters. In a year when American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo is running a close second to Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Hickenlooper, early voting numbers showed returns from a total of 508 ACP members.
Election Day is Nov. 2, and voters who have received, but not yet returned mail ballots by Friday, Oct. 29 — the day early voting concludes — are urged to drop completed ballots off at polling places in their home county.
— By Ernest Luning