Election

Everything You Need to Know About Today's Election (Including the Parties!)

Because voting is your civic duty. Plus, free stickers!
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Just think: Come tomorrow morning (or definitely Thursday morning) all talk of the midterm elections will be behind us. But in the meantime, there are plenty of ways to participate — the most important being to vote, which you can still do today, November 6 (more on that below).

If 2016 showed us anything, it's that polling is fickle and best read with a grain of salt. But we know for sure that as of Monday morning, nearly half of the 3.4 million registered voters in Colorado had cast their ballots for the midterms.

Unaffiliated turnout is way up from 2014, with Colorado's largest voting bloc accounting for over 31 percent of the vote so far. Colorado's unaffiliated voters tend to lean younger, are more Democratic and generally disapprove of Donald Trump's performance, meaning Election Day returns are likely to favor Democrats.

"Unaffiliated voters are voting at a level never before seen in a midterm election in Colorado, at least at this point in the cycle," Colorado polling firm Magellan Strategies wrote in its assessment of the race on Monday.

Here are a few more things you should know about Election Day in Colorado. 

1. You can still vote!

Not registered? No problem! You can still fill out your mail ballot (just be sure to drop it in a ballot box by 7 p.m., not in the mail) or go to your polling place with a Colorado ID (here's a list of acceptable forms of ID to bring with you to the polls). Visit GoVoteColorado.com to find a polling place.

2. You can even leave work to vote.

Per Colorado law, if you don't have time to vote outside of your normal working hours, employers are required to let you leave work to vote without docking your pay (you get up to two hours, but don't go playing electoral hooky or anything like that).

3. Voting ends at 7, but...

Polls close at 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 but still haven't voted, you will be allowed to vote — so just make sure you're line by 7 and you'll be good to go.

4. How will we know who's won?

The Secretary of State's Office will release its first tabulations on its website, sos.state.co.us, by 7:15 p.m. Most of the races will probably be called by 8 or 9 p.m. A couple of races, though — like some of the ballot measures, the 6th Congressional District race and perhaps the attorney general's race — may keep us in suspense well into the evening or perhaps into Wednesday morning.

5. What if I want to watch results with friends?

There are plenty of places to watch the results roll in live. Keep reading for election-night watch parties (and be sure to click their links; some require RSVPs).
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Chris Bianchi is a Westword contributor interested in politics.
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Ana Campbell has been Westword's managing editor since 2016. She has worked at magazines and newspapers around the country, picking up a few awards along the way for her writing and editing. She grew up in south Texas.
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