Election underway as 1.9 million Colorado ballots are mailed to voters

Posted on: 12:26 pm, October 15, 2012, by

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DENVER — Colorado voters could be filling out their ballots as early as Tuesday, with 1.95 million ballots now in the mail and on their way to voters across this critical swing state.

Of the 3.6 million registered voters in the state, more than half of them are receiving mail ballots this week.

According to Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office, 1,950,185 ballots are being mailed out Monday.

Of those, 598,503 are being sent to unaffiliated voters; 673,676 are being sent to registered Republicans; and 654,129 are being mailed to registered Democrats.

Based on those numbers, Republicans start with a registration advantage of almost 20,000 voters; although Democrats are upbeat after slashing that GOP edge more than in half over the last six weeks of the registration period, as FOX31 Denver first revealed last week.

The most recent polls of likely Colorado voters show that the race is a statistical toss-up, although Republican Mitt Romney appears to be on a small but significant upswing, as he is seemingly everywhere, following his strong debate performance in Denver on Oct. 3.

The next presidential debate will take place Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.