Nearly 290,000 ballots returned across state; Democrats outpacing Republicans

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DENVER — Nearly 290,000 ballots have been received across the state in early voting, the Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday.

In all, 286,639 ballots have been mailed in or taken at in-person voting stations.

Voters who are registered Democrats have returned 117,766 ballots (41 percent), with 94,499 (33 percent) from Republicans and 70,410 (24.6 percent) from those who are unaffiliated.

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The remaining are from five other classifications of voters.

Jefferson County has returned the most ballots, 39,606, followed by Denver County (35,017), Arapahoe County (34,662), El Paso County (29,546) and Douglas County (20,235).

Mail-in ballots must be received by election officials by 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Having a Nov. 8 postmark will make the ballot invalid.