A few things to know before the polls close…
You can find a list of voting locations here if you haven’t voted or turned in your ballot. Don’t forget that polling stations close at 7 p.m.
If you’re heading into voting after work and still unsure about some of these ordinances and questions on your ballot, be sure to use our voter guide.
It is also available in Spanish.
We will update this blog with the first results and observations.
12:40 a.m.: The results of the next vote will not arrive until Wednesday afternoon.
These updates will arrive at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., which means that’s it for us tonight.
11:52 p.m .: The latest results on the measures of the local polls
Here’s what we know as of 11:30 p.m., when we’ll last have updates on Denver’s voting results tonight:
It’s a tight race for the Denver Deserves Sidewalks metric.
Denver voters appear ready to approve of “modernizing” election procedures, requiring recycling/composting, more funding for libraries, and letting the city keep millions for homeless climate initiatives and projects.
A measure that would provide a legal defense to anyone facing eviction is expected to be voted down by voters.
But remember that the vote count is not final and the results will not be certified until later this month.
9:50 p.m.: Elisabeth Epps leads the race for House District 6
By a sizable margin, Democrat Elisabeth Epps wins the race for House District 6.
Although the results are not final, Epps leads his Republican opponent, Donald D. Howell with about 84% of the vote.
Epps is a lawyer, longtime justice reform activist and community organizer. District 6 covers the eastern part of Denver, including Capital Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, East Colfax, Hale, Lowry, and Windsor. The region leans heavily towards the Democrats and the redistricting hasn’t changed that.
— Desiree Mathurin
8:10 p.m.: Early voting results don’t look good for the No Evictions Without Representation effort
CP’s Nathaniel Minor met Mary Imgrund, Yes on 305’s communications director, at an election party for supporters of Initiatives 305, 306 and 307 at Tom’s Starlight on Colfax Ave.
I-305 would ensure that every Denverite facing eviction has free legal representation, and the program would be paid for by landlords with a fee of $75 per unit they owned.
After seeing initial feedback with about 60% of voters speaking out against the initiative, Imgrund said she takes the feedback “with a grain of salt.” She had the following to say, “I still feel very optimistic. I know a lot of our supporters voted tonight or, you know, it’s mail-in votes or early votes that haven’t been counted yet.
The group’s poll showed the ordinance would pass, if voters understood the group’s message, but it would be close anyway.
8:05 p.m .: Jared Polis was re-elected
Polis will serve another four-year term after defeating Republican Heidi Ganahl. Early voting results showed Polis leading the gubernatorial race with 62% of the vote.
7:58 p.m.: An important thing to note about the early voting results
Here are some things to know about how the results will be reported in Denver tonight. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office released the first results at 7 p.m., which include all ballots received from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7. Further results will be released at 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The office expected an ‘increase’ in ballots to arrive before 7pm today. If this actually happens, the office will stop counting at midnight and start again on Wednesday morning.
All reported results will be unofficial until the election is officially certified on Tuesday, November 29.
7:51 p.m .: The oldest member of the Colorado delegation has a comfortable lead.
US House Representative Diana DeGette looks set to win a 14th term in CD-1. Early voting results show DeGette leading with about 79% of the vote. His Republican opponent, Jennifer Qualteri, holds about 19% of the vote. The vote count is not final.
— Desiree Mathurin
7:40 p.m.: More updates on early results…
Referred question 2K, which would allow the city to retain excess funds from sales tax revenues used to fund homeless projects and initiatives, leads with nearly 70% approval.
Returned question 2L, which would simplify ballot wording on citizen-initiated ordinances, leads with about 79% “Yes” votes.
The library could receive additional funds. Referred question 2I passed with nearly 65% approval.
— Desiree Mathurin
Referred question 2J, which is about the city conserving, spending, and collecting more taxes to fund climate projects such as green transportation, workforce training, renewable energy technologies and building efficiency, has nearly 69% support.
7:15 p.m .: The results of the early vote are in…
The first vote tally shows Denver residents speaking out against Initiated Ordinance 305, the one that would guarantee every Denver resident facing eviction access to free legal representation, with about 60 percent against and about 40 % voting for. The initiative would place the burden of paying for the program on landlords, who would be required to pay $75 per unit. The city of Denver already provides legal representation for people facing eviction who earn 80 percent of the area’s median income or less.
Early voting results show initiated Ordinance 306, which would require apartment and office buildings and other businesses that generate food waste to participate in recycling and composting, in the lead by a wide margin. Nearly 67% of early voters approved the measure.
6:48 p.m.: An effort to provide legal representation for anyone facing eviction
Denver voters are considering expanding access to free legal services to everyone facing eviction, not just those who qualify because of limited income.
Some landlords have argued that new fees will be passed on to tenants, further increasing the already high rent. Advocates of the measure, Initiated Ordinance 305, say the legal support helps people stay housed and will help tackle homelessness. Just as every person charged with a crime deserves legal representation, so does everyone facing deportation, supporters argue. This item dropped in a year when housing affordability was a top priority for voters. And a lot has happened in the world of tenants – and not just sky-high rents. In recent months, eviction requests have returned to pre-pandemic levels. The State of Colorado and the City of Denver are ending their pandemic rental assistance programs. And with less than 60 days left, landlords are dithering when it comes to applying for rental licenses.
6:06 p.m .: Kevin met an election judge who has worked in her role for 40 years
5:26 p.m.: The future of buying liquor in Denver could change tonight. This will affect local businesses
Three of the statewide proposals voters are considering could change liquor laws:
Proposition 124 would increase the number of stores a company could open;
Proposition 125 would allow grocery stores and convenience stores to sell wine;
and Proposition 126 would expand who is allowed to deliver liquor and how much profit they can make from it. CPR explored what it would be like to buy alcohol if all of these laws were passed. Denverite examined how some immigrant families achieved their American dreams in the Denver area by owning liquor stores. We spoke with a few of these business owners about their thoughts on what will happen if the laws change.
4:36 p.m .: A new Denverite did his part for democracy by strongly urging a friend to vote
McGee Turner, who recently moved to Denver from Georgia, voted in his first local election this year. Turner was expecting a friend, whom he figuratively dragged to a polling place to vote. Kevin Beaty caught up with them at a rare but not unheard of line to vote at a mobile polling station at Emily Griffith Technical College.
“I think it’s important to talk about the issues that matter to you with your friends and family and to make sure everyone goes to the polls, regardless of their views and opinions,” said Turner. “As long as everyone votes, it’s a good thing.”
4:23 p.m.: Denver residents head to the polls.
Voter turnout was around 29% Monday morning. But since this afternoon, the participation rate is around 49%. According to data from the Denver Division of Elections, 174,036 ballots have been cast and 47,065 ballots are being processed. Democrats and unaffiliated voters have cast the most votes so far with totals of 89,463 and 63,728, respectively.
Those 65 and over lead the polls with more than 50,000 ballots returned. Those aged 25 to 34 are second with 34,556 votes and those aged 24 and under are last with 7,717.
These numbers are not necessarily unusual. Turnout in midterm and off-year elections is generally low. About 74% of active voters eventually participated in the 2018 general election.
Denver residents still have time to vote. Drop boxes close at 7 p.m. and if you vote in person, you must be online by 7 p.m.
— Desiree Mathurin
4:03 p.m.: You can track statewide results on the CP Election Dashboard.
From the governor to various proposals like universal free school lunch and , you can track the statewide results here.