Updated Oct 30, 2022 - News

Midterm elections 2022: Voting in Colorado

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Colorado's midterm ballot is a lengthy one, with a top race for U.S. Senate all the way down to local ballot measures.

Why it matters: The 2022 election will determine whether Democrats can retain complete control of state government in Colorado and which federal contests will influence party rule in the Senate and the House.

  • The ballot measures will create new laws, taxes and constitutional changes.

Voting in Colorado

  • County clerks are mailing ballots to active registered voters this week.
  • In-person early voting starts Oct. 24 and runs to Nov. 8 (except Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 6). See the state's election calendar for more details and deadlines.
  • Ballots are due by 7pm Nov. 8.

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U.S. Senate: Michael Bennet (D) vs. Joe O'Dea (R)

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Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (left) and Republican challenger Joe O'Dea. Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post, Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is among the most competitive in the nation and defies typical politics.

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Governor: Jared Polis (D) vs. Heidi Ganahl (R)

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Gov. Jared Polis and Heidi Ganahl. Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Jared Polis is seeking a second term as governor to continue a Democratic rewrite of state government. His GOP rival Heidi Ganahl, the only elected statewide Republican as a University of Colorado Board of Regents member, is looking to reverse his course.

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Colorado ballot: Other major races

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The remainder of the ballot will decide key statewide officers that wield clout in Colorado along with a handful of congressional seats.

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Colorado 2022 ballot questions

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Coloradans have key policy choices to make on the November ballot, including measures related to education, income tax and alcohol sales.

Denver ballot questions

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Denver voters have their own ballot questions to answer on topics as wide-ranging as new taxes for public libraries and sidewalk maintenance.

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