Weld County’s ballots received numbers shoot up to more than 9,000 on Tuesday
October 29, 2016
The number of Weld County ballots turned in climbed to well over 9,400 Tuesday, after reaching just over 900 the day before.
Information from the Colorado Secretary of State's office showed 9,440 Weld County ballots had been received by Tuesday, or 5.2 percent of Weld's total registered voters as of Monday.
"I am so excited that we are getting so many ballots back," said Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes. "We've started counting the ballots today, so it's really fortunate that we're able to get those ballots in."
Voter registration changes daily, as residents can register any time up to Election Day. As of Monday, Weld County had 179,857 registered voters, almost 1.5 percent more than were registered two weeks ago.
The drastic increase in turned-in ballots didn't surprise Koppes. Ballots went out in the mail last week so many people probably started voting their ballots over the weekend and mailed them in at the start of the week. Because of that, she said she expects just as many ballots — maybe even more — to come in over the next few days.
Koppes welcomes the incoming ballots. Weld's election office can handle the influx.
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"We're really built to have anywhere between 7,000 and 10,000 come in daily," she said.
Across the state, voters have turned in 286,639 ballots. The Colorado Secretary of State's office released that number Tuesday with a breakdown of ballots returned by party registration for Weld County along with the same information for other Colorado counties.
As of Tuesday, the Weld County ballot breakdown looks like:
American Constitution Party — 39 (5.5 percent of total registered).
Democratic Party — 3,011 (7.1 percent of total registered).
Green Party — 20 (4.7 percent of total registered).
Libertarian Party — 58 (3.0 percent of total registered).
Republican Party — 4,050 (6.0 percent of total registered).
Unaffiliated — 2,262 (3.3 percent of total registered).
» Total — 9,440