Denver Elections Division sees uptick in registrations


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DENVER -- The city and county of Denver have seen an uptick in new voters.

Over a 24-hour period surrounding the presidential debate on Monday, more than 1,000 people registered to vote in Denver. The 24-hour total is a fraction of the amount who registered during the past week, according to election officials.

The Denver Elections Division believes a Facebook registration push is behind much of the success.

In just one day after the online campaign launch, 2,695 people in Denver registered or updated their voting information.

During the same time frame in the last presidential election, without Facebook’s help, there were just 50 registration updates.

While Monday’s debate sparked more interest, voters said Tuesday it did not change their minds.

“I watched for an hour, and then after that, I didn’t want to watch anymore,” one voter said. “I just got fed up with it. Hillary (Clinton) is so programmed and (Donald) Trump is kind of off the deep end.”

Michael Francis, 23, said he has made up his mind. He’s not voting.

“I feel if either one of them gets voted in, we lose either way,” Francis said. “It’s like the lesser of two evils.”

During the debate, roughly 300 registration forms were received by Denver Elections online.

This is the first presidential election all registered voters in Denver will receive a ballot in the mail. Eligible citizens are able to register up to and on Election Day.

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