Valley Democrats outnumber Republicans in early voting |

Valley Democrats outnumber Republicans in early voting

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen Co, Colorado

ASPEN ” In the Roaring Fork Valley, and statewide, Democrats appeared Monday to have done a better job of getting more voters to cast early ballots than Republicans.

As of Monday, 67 percent of Pitkin County Democrats had already voted, but only 56 percent of Republicans had, according to data posted on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Meanwhile, only 53 percent of unaffiliated voters ” the largest constituency in Pitkin County ” had voted.

This trend carried throughout the valley. By Monday, 64 percent of Garfield County Democrats had voted, compared to 59 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of unaffiliated voters.

In Eagle County, 56 percent of Democrats voted early, while 52 percent of Republicans had already made it to the polls; 41 percent of unaffiliated voters had.

Statewide, 65 percent of Democrats already had voted, and 63 percent of Republicans had. About half of Colorado’s unaffiliated voters already had cast their ballot.

In Pitkin County, voters who cast an early vote had a slight preference for mail-in ballots versus voting at polling places. But in Garfield and Eagle counties, and statewide, voters preferred mail-in ballots to voting in person by roughly a factor of 3 to 1.

Polls are open today from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mail-in ballots must be brought to the of the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7 this evening to be counted.

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