Republicans pad lead in early ballot returns on eve of Election Day

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DENVER — Republicans expanded their lead in the number of ballots returned in Colorado on the eve of Election Day, the Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday.

With Election Day on Tuesday, the Secretary of State’s Office said more than 1.8 million ballots have been returned.

Of that total, registered Republicans have returned 652,380 ballots, while register Democrats have returned 645,020 ballots, a lead of 7,360. Unaffiliated voters have returned 527,706 ballots.

Republicans trailed Democrats during most of the early-voting returns until Friday night, when the GOP overtook Democrats by 80 votes.

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El Paso County has returned the most ballots, with 225,634. It’s followed by Jefferson County (223,549), Denver County (198,656), Arapahoe County (193,931) and Larimer County (128,485).

Ballots can be mailed or dropped off in person at locations within your county. There is also in-person voting on Election Day. All ballots must be received by election officials by 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Tuesday postmark will not count.