Final early-voting returns give Republicans edge heading into Election Day

DENVER — Republicans greatly expanded their lead in the number of ballots returned in Colorado in the final early-voting tally before Election Day, the Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday.

With Election Day on Tuesday, the Secretary of State’s Office said more than 2.2 million ballots have been returned.

Of that total, registered Republicans have returned 771,745 ballots (34.8 percent), while registered Democrats have returned 753,052 ballots (34 percent), a lead of 18,693. Republicans had a 7,360 vote advantage in figures released Monday. Unaffiliated voters have returned 656,882 ballots (29.7 percent).

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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Jefferson County has returned the most ballots, with 270,270. It’s followed by El Paso County (262,068), Denver County (242,263), Arapahoe County (239,096) and Boulder County (156,067).

Ballots can be dropped off in person at locations within your county. There is 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.