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Only time will tell if Colorado will go blue for President Barack Obama and in the process possibly hand him a second term or if the hotly contested Centennial State will return to its red roots and help Mitt Romney get closer to that 270 electoral vote count that the Republican challenger needs.
Heading into Election Day, Obama got some good news from the polls in Colorado. Four different pollsters -- Ipsos/Reuters, Public Policy Polling, OnSight/Keating and Lake Research -- all give Obama a lead in the state from one-point (Ipsos/Reuters, Lake) to four-points (OnSight/Keating) to a whopping six-points (Public Policy Polling)
The Huffington Post Pollster model, which is currently tracking 60 polls, gives Obama a slight lead over Romney in the state, 48.6 percent to 46.8 percent. Although Obama leads by nearly two-points in the state, the Pollster model still calls the state a "tossup" for either candidate:
However, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight forecasts an 81 percent chance of Obama winning in Colorado today.
Nationally, the race appears to be tight still -- Pollster estimate shows Obama with a slight lead over Romney, 48.1 percent to 46.7 percent:
There could be polling place irregularities today, even here in Colorado, so it's important to know your voter rights so you can be sure to express yourself freely on Election Day. New York-based voter registration and election integrity group, HeadCount, has a detailed online map featuring voter ID requirements for each state. HeadCount lists out the essential voter ID requirements in Colorado:
- Do 1st time voters need ID?: Yes
- Do all voters need ID?: Yes
- Student ID accepted?: Yes, if it has a photograph of the eligible elector issued and was by an institute of higher education in Colorado
For what forms of ID are acceptable on voting day, go to HeadCount's Colorado info page.
The tool below from Google provides information on where to vote around the nation. When you enter the address where you are registered to vote, you will be given the location of where you can cast your ballot. You will also be provided with election information, like who's running, in races on the federal and local level:
LIVEBLOG -- ELECTION DAY UPDATES FROM AROUND THE STATE:
11/06/2012 11:32 PM EST
President Obama Projected To Win Colorado
The Denver Post is projecting Colorado for President Barack Obama with 1.6 million votes counted.
The president has been leading in Jefferson and Arapahoe County, key counties that were counted among President Obama's biggest wins in the state in 2008.
11/06/2012 11:18 PM EST
Marijuana Legalization Projected To Pass In Colorado
With 30 percent of precincts reporting, 9News is projecting that Amendment 64, Colorado's marijuana legalization initiative passed.
"We're not going to jump to any conclusions just yet," Mason Tvert, co-director of Yes on 64 told the Denver Post. "But we believe Colorado voters have decided to take a more sensible approach to how we deal with marijuana in the state."
11/06/2012 10:47 PM EST
With 65 Percent Of The Colorado Vote In, Obama Hangs Onto Narrow Lead
Sixty-five percent of Colorado votes are in and President Barack Obama is currently leading Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent.
The most recent numbers released by the Colorado Secretary of State's Office reported the following voter statistics just 10 minutes after the polls closed:
- 705,200 Democrats
- 739,018 Republicans
- 616,211 Unaffiliated
Over 2 million Coloradans have turned in their ballots.
According CNN's exit poll demographics, men and women in Colorado were pretty evenly split between Obama and Romney as well as college graduates, although more white men and women voted for Romney.
11/06/2012 10:31 PM EST
Yes On Amendment 65 Campaign Releases A Statement
“During this campaign, we talked with countless Colorado voters who were fed up with the endless campaign ads funded by powerful wealthy interests,” commented Elena Nunez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause. “With today’s vote, the people of Colorado have sent a strong message to our elected leaders to get to work on a constitutional amendment that restores a government of, by and for the people, not of, by, and for the corporations.”
“This election has proven that when wealthy people and big corporations are allowed to contribute as much as they want, they let the dollars flow,” said Danny Katz, Director of CoPIRG. “91 individuals contributed at least $1 million each to Super PACs and that’s just what we know of. With a flick of the wrist, 629 megadonors matched the combined contributions of 1.9 million small donors. The public’s interest is drowned out and that’s why we need a constitutional amendment that will allow for campaign contribution limits.”
“The results of this vote aren’t just about Colorado; they send a message to the entire country. Americans are sick and tired of a political system corrupted by corporate and special interest money—they’re ready to take democracy back,” noted Ellen Dumm with People For the American Way Colorado. “Today’s vote sends an unambiguous message about where people stand on this issue. Now it’s up to our elected leaders to listen.”
Amendment 65 passed with 72 percent of the vote.
Similar measures are on the ballot in Montana, Chicago, San Francisco, and in 120 towns and cities in Massachusetts.
11/06/2012 10:20 PM EST
Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) Projected To Keep His Seat
Incumbent Congressman Polis has taken a substantial lead over his chief rival Republican State Sen. Kevin Lundberg.
Polis is the first openly-gay non-incumbent elected to Congress and is one of the few sitting Congress members to back marijuana legalization.
11/06/2012 10:09 PM EST
Obama Wins 87 Percent Of Latino Vote In Colorado: Poll
Results aren't called for Colorado, but Barack Obama looks to be at a huge advantage among Latino voters there, according to both exit polling data and a survey from earlier this week meant to more accurately track the vote.
Exit polls show 74 percent of Latino voters in the state going for Obama, versus 25 percent for Romney. An impreMedia-Latino Decisions election eve poll -- based on surveys with Latinos who had either already voted or said they were certain they would -- gave Obama an even stronger lead.
That poll found that a whopping 87 percent of Colorado Latino voters supported Obama this year. Only 10 percent polled said they supported Romney.
-- Elise Foley
11/06/2012 10:05 PM EST
Colo. School District Tax Measures 3A And 3B, And Initiative To Restrict Campaign Spending Projected To Pass
Amendment 65, a Colorado ballot initiative to encourage a constitutional amendment restricting campaign contributions and spending was passed Tuesday, according to a report by 9News.
School district tax measures 3A and 3B are projected to pass as well.
3A and 3B would put in place a $25 million operating tax increase and $125 million bond issue respectively.
11/06/2012 9:52 PM EST
Ed Perlmutter Taking The Lead Over Joe Coors, And Obama Leading Early
And with just 10 percent of the vote in, Presiden Barack Obama is in the early lead.
Check out the HuffPost Pollster for more information.
11/06/2012 9:11 PM EST
Colo. Secretary of State Scott Gessler Projects Confidence For Romney While The Polls Are Still Open
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11/06/2012 8:52 PM EST
At Stake This Election: $1.03 Billion
In Colorado this year, 31 school districts are seeking voter approval for bond and operating expense increases totaling around $1.03 billion.
Voters in Denver are faced with 3A and 3B, or, a $25 million operating tax increase and $125 million bond issue respectively.
From the Denver Post:
The school district's measures would allow DPS to recover from "brutal state funding cuts" that have sliced about $800 per student, or 10 percent of the district's overall budget, from DPS's coffers over the past three years, said Superintendent Tom Boasberg.
The $466 million general obligation bond is the largest in state history and the second major bond request by DPS in four years. In 2008, voters passed a $454 million general obligation bond that also made repairs.
Earlier this year, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed an appeal in the ruling of Lobato v. State of Colorado, a landmark ruling that declared Colorado schools are underfunded.