Colorado Election Day Results
Current Colorado voting results are announced when enough early, mail-in, and in person votes have been counted to accurately predict who the victor will be.
Election Day voting in Colorado
Registered voters can choose to vote in person on election day in Colorado. Federal elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1 in even years. Federal elections can be held no earlier than November 2 and no later than November 8.
Voters who choose to vote in person on election day may cast their ballot at their local polling location. Voters must also provide a valid identification with their picture and signature on it. Those who do not have a valid identification will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
Voting early and by mail in Colorado
Every registered voter in Colorado is mailed a ballot for all local, state, and federal elections. Voters have the option of mailing their ballot back, dropping them off in an official drop box, or delivering their ballot in person at their local polling place. In addition, voters can vote in person at their local polling location if they choose to do that instead.
Colorado is one of seventeen states that processes votes cast early before election day, which gives election officials ample opportunity to certify election results in a timely manner in most elections.
Colorado also publishes early voting results as they come in, which gives the media and general population alike an opportunity to track results before and on election day.
Colorado Governor, Senate, and House elections
Colorado votes for governor every four years at the same time as midterm elections for the House and Senate. The governor serves a four year term and can serve two consecutive terms. There is no lifetime limit on the number of times a governor can be elected, but a governor must sit out at least one term before being able to run office again. Residents of Colorado will vote for governor next in 2022 and then in 2026 and 2030.
Colorado's two Senators are in class II and III. Voters in the state will next vote for a Senator in 2020 and 2022 and then again in 2026 and 2028. Each Senator is elected to a six-year term.
There are currently 7 U.S. Representatives serving in Congress from Colorado, a number which may change after the 2020 census results are announced. Each Representative is elected to a two-year term.
Election day exit polls and declaring a winner
Major media organizations conduct polls throughout the state of Colorado predominately over the telephone due to the fact the vast majority of voters mail in their ballots.
The Associated Press and Reuters are the two main organizations who call local, state, and federal elections in Florida. Major media organizations and newspapers like CNN, ABC/NBC/CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and FiveThirtyEight work closely with them and also conduct their own exit polls in order to accurately report when a winner has been declared.
Early Voting and Election Polls
Colorado allows early voting both by mail and in person for all federal and state elections. People who wish to vote in person are able to beginning two weeks before an election.
All ballots must be received by by 7:00PM (MST) on election day. Any ballot received after election day does not count.
Major national and local organizations conduct polls for President, Governor, Senators, and Congressmen. Some polls are conducted over landline and cellphones while others are conducted online.
Premiere Election polls
New York Times
Declaring a Winner
A winner is declared in Colorado when it is clear a candidate has or will have more votes than any other candidate. Typically the winner will be called by The Associated Press and/or Reuters and then relayed to the American people by local and national media outlets.
Major Florida media outlets
The Tampa Bay Times
Palm Beach Post
National media outlets
New York Times
Colorado Recount Rules
Colorado law mandates an automatic recount if the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5% votes. The losing candidate may also request a recount if the margin is more than 0.5% of the total vote. Automatic recounts are paid for by the state of Colorado, but requested recounts are paid for by the candidate. However, if the recount changes the result then the candidate will be refunded.
No major state or federal election in Colorado has ever been reversed following an automatic or requested recount.
Candidates may also file a state or federal lawsuit if they feel state or federal laws were violated during the course of an election. Most election related lawsuits are settled before an election takes place, but there are occasions when the courts have gotten involved, most notoriously during the 2000 Presidential election when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened and effectively stopped a recount taking place in Florida and delivering the Presidency to George W. Bush.
The Colorado primary is one of fourteen Presidential primary contest held on what has come to be known as Super Tuesday. It traditionally takes place a few days after the South Carolina primary and marks the first time voters from multiple states cast ballots on the same day. Colorado will send 67 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention which will be proportionally allocated among the candidates based off the percentage of votes they received.
Colorado is one of three vote-by-mail states, but there are polling locations for voters who wish to vote in person. Polling stations are open between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm MT and mail-in ballots must be delivered or dropped off to election officials by 7:00 PM MST on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in order to count. Colorado has a semi-closed primary, meaning the primary is for one political party, but voters who did not state a party preference on their voter registration form are eligible to participate. Colorado is one of 39 states that allows early voting and voters may cast an absentee ballot if they are able to provide a valid reason why they are unable to vote on the day of the primary.
A candidate must receive 15% or more of the vote in order to be considered a viable candidate and be awarded delegates.