Nov 4, 2021 - News
Colorado voter turnout in 2021 election is lowest in a decade
Data: Colorado Secretary of State's Office, Denver Elections Division; Chart: John Frank/Axios
Data: Colorado Secretary of State's Office, Denver Elections Division; Chart: John Frank/Axios

Fewer than 1 in 3 registered Colorado voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Why it matters: Turnout hit a record low for an odd-year election since the introduction of automatic mail balloting in the state, an Axios Denver analysis of preliminary data shows.

By the numbers: The ballot included three statewide measures — all of which failed — but interest was driven largely by local elections.

  • School board races in Jefferson and Douglas counties helped spur some interest in the election and boosted turnout.
  • Denver recorded its lowest turnout in the past decade at 18% — behind the previous low mark of 25% in 2011.
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