Early voting underway in Colorado

Posted on: 3:02 pm, October 21, 2012, by and , updated on: 06:19pm, October 22, 2012

DENVER — Colorado voters began casting their ballots Monday morning at early voting locations in their respective counties.

Early voting takes place Oct. 22 – Nov. 2.

Follow this link to the county election offices map, and then click on your county to find early voting locations and hours.

Nearly two million Colorado voters have already started receiving mail-in ballots. You can request a mail-in ballot until Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Democrats, especially, are encouraging voters to cast ballots before Election Day.

Early voting was a factor in President Obama’s 2008 win over Sen. John McCain, and his campaign is hoping to duplicate that success this year.

On Monday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Congresswoman Diana DeGette — all Democrats — held a press conference in Civic Center Park urging people to vote early, and to vote for Obama, before walking across the street to the Denver Elections Division office and dropping off their own ballots.

Republicans hold a small voter registration advantage over Democrats in Colorado; although, over the last five weeks of the registration period that ended earlier this month, Democrats slashed the GOP’s advantage with active and Permanent Mail In Voters (PMIV) more than in half.

By the numbers:

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says there are 3,644,344 registered voters in
Colorado as of Oct. 19. Republicans have a slight edge with 1,157,083 compared to 1,150,527 voters registered as Democrats. There are more voters registered as unaffiliated at 1,293,492.

There were 3,210,249 registered voters in Colorado for the 2008 presidential election.