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Who voted and who didn’t: Colorado ballot returns by party, gender, age

(Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

DENVER — Although votes are still being counted in Colorado, the Secretary of State’s Office has released a preliminary report that shows ballot returns broken down by age, gender and party.

Just more than 2,880,800 ballots have been counted in Colorado as of Thursday, according to the report.

Votes by party

Overall, Republicans turned in the most ballots, followed by Democrats and unaffiliated voters, with each party separated by less than 20,000 votes.

  • Republicans: 962,029
  • Democrats: 942, 729
  • Unafilliated: 925,779

Votes by gender 

Women turned in more ballots than men — more than 146,000 more. More of the female voters in Colorado were registered Democrats. Female Democrats submitted nearly 87,000 more ballots than female Republicans.

  • Female: 1,495,813
  • Male: 1,349,045

Votes by age

People ages 41 to 60 turned in the most ballots, followed ages 26 to 40. The lowest voter turnout was among the age group 18-25. Voters older than 70 turned in approximately 40,000 more ballots than people 18-25.

  • 18-25: 298,742
  • 26-40: 728,349
  • 41-60: 1,031,989
  • 61-70: 481,688
  • 71 and older: 340,120

The Nov. 8 general election results will be finalized Dec. 8.

“Although ballots were due to the clerks’ offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day, tallying has continued,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. “Military and overseas voters have until eight days after an election to get their ballots in.

“Likewise, voters who failed to sign their ballot or their signature didn’t match also had eight days to rectify or ‘cure’ their ballot. That deadline ended at midnight, Wednesday, Nov. 16.”

The last day for clerks to count provisional ballots is Tuesday. Clerks are required by Nov. 25 to turn in their official results to the Secretary of State’s Office, which then spends several days compiling that data before Dec. 8.