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Governor, house races, 13 statewide ballot questions on the line as Election Day arrives

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DENVER -- Election Day has arrived in Colorado as voters will decide races for governor, seven U.S. House seats and 13 statewide ballot questions on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, 47 percent of the state's nearly 4 million registered voters already voted, taking advantage of mail-in ballots and drop boxes.

Ballots must be dropped off by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted, or voters can cast ballots in-person. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m., not have a Tuesday postmark.

Even those who are not registered can still vote. Just show up at a polling center in the county of your residence and register in-person, then vote or take a ballot home.

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Polling centers opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Ballots can be delivered at any drop-off location in the state.

As of Tuesday morning, 1,853,103 ballots had been returned. Of those, 625,650 were by registered Democrats, 618,922 were by registered Republicans and 584,560 were by unaffiliated voters.

Election officials say because of the lengthy ballot this year, they likely will not be finished counting by midnight. They would take a break and resume the count on Wednesday.

That could mean it could be well into Wednesday or later in the week before the results of the big races and amendment measures will be known.

Among the big items on the ballot are the race for governor, an amendment on oil and gas setbacks, education funding and two measures for transportation.

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