There's Still Time! Your Last-Minute Guide to the Colorado Ballot

Elections are on November 6.
Elections are on November 6. hermosawave/iStock

Maybe you've voted and have blinders on to election coverage. Good for you. But maybe you haven't even registered and think it's too late and are tired of the guilt-ridden feeling in your gut every time you see a friend's Instagram story telling you to vote, you lazy millennial.

For the latter bunch, good news: Colorado’s election system is close to lazy-proof and one of the most flexible in the U.S. You can register to vote in Colorado until Election Day. Voting must be done in person for this, but polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on November 6; find polling locations at GoVoteColorado.com.

If you're late to the game, not to fear. Below is a summary of what's on the ballot, and links to our stories. If you've turned in your ballot, rest assured the Denver Elections Division staff is hard at work to make sure all votes are counted (see video above).

click to enlarge Elections are on November 6. - HERMOSAWAVE/ISTOCK
Elections are on November 6.
Federal and State Offices

Governor: Governor John Hickenlooper is term-limited (but Hick 2020?), so it's between Democratic candidate Jared Polis and Republican candidate Walker Stapleton. Polis is a U.S. representative and would be the first openly gay governor in American history if he wins, and Stapleton is the state treasurer. The two gubernatorial candidates have debated just a few times...and a certain file cabinet incident came up quite a bit during said debates.

Attorney General: Democratic nominee Phil Weiser is running against Republican George Brauchler in the race for state attorney general. Weiser has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Brauchler is an experienced prosecutor and the current head attorney for the 18th Judicial District, a seat he won in 2012.

Secretary of State: Incumbent Secretary of State Wayne Williams is running for re-election, and Jena Griswold is trying to unseat him. Williams is a Republican and former El Paso county clerk, and Griswold is a Democrat, Hickenlooper's former D.C. liaison and the only female statewide candidate in the 2018 general election.

Treasurer: Democrat Dave Young and Republican Brian Watson are competing for Stapleton's position. Young currently represents House District 50 in Weld County, and Watson is the CEO of Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners.
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