Election judge Josie Flanagan takes ballots from a voter at the drive-through ballot drop-off outside the Denver Elections Division downtown Monday. Voters can drop off their ballots Tuesday at a Voter Service Center or vote in person at their assigned polling place. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
- Nov 27:
- DA wants recount of November election
- Nov 26:
- Más difícil que nuevo Congreso logre pactos en Estados Unidos
- Nov 16:
- Médico demócrata gana a republicano en California
- Justice official: Register voters automatically
- Nov 14:
- Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes
- Nov 12:
- Elecciones reflejan cambio del rostro de EEUU
- Nov 10:
- Face of US changing; elections to look different
- Celebridades latinas festejan el triunfo de Obama
- Nov 9:
- With burgeoning political clout, Latinos press agenda
- Nov 7:
- Pot votes in 2 states challenge U.S. drug war
- Tras reelección, Obama enfrenta tareas urgentes
- EEUU vota sobre bodas gay, marihuana e inmigración
- Hickenlooper reaching out to feds on Colorado marijuana legalization
- Colorado attorney general Suthers says he will respect marijuana measure
- Latinos nacidos en Commerce City llegan a la legislatura estatal
- Sondeo: Obama mantiene voto hispano
- Obama gana la reelección
- Colorado voters support Obama, recreational pot
- Nov 6:
- Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy
- Obama takes commanding lead
- Colorado measure legalizing marijuana passes
- Projection: Obama wins Colorado
- Tea party darling Cruz wins Texas' US Senate race
- Senado tiene tres latinos por primera vez
- Polis wins third term in the traditionally Democratic 2nd district
- A qué prestarle atención en el Día de las Elecciones en Colorado
- Hispanos salen a votar con la esperanza de hacerse escuchar
- Election Day voting begins in swing state Colorado
- Evalúan desempeño de jueces sujetos a retención por votación
- Thousands of Colorado mail ballots rejected for signature issues
- Nov 5:
- Obama leads; Romney with chance in electoral race
- Nov 1:
- Joe Miklosi: Vows to hold fast to his desire to 'serve the people'
- Mike Coffman: Aurora roots 'play to my strengths'
- Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues
- Oct 31:
- Hispanos desencantados con los republicanos
- Volunteers a personal touch to campaigns
- Oct 25:
- Eliseo Medina: Latinos we need to turn out to vote
- Oct 24:
- Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support
- Oct 19:
- Obama y Romney pasan a las risas en la cena
- Oct 17:
- Healthcare law still a divisive matter
- Oct 15:
- Craig Romney: Debemos ganar respeto de hispanos
- Oct 11:
- Why it matters: Immigration
- Inmigración: Punto importante en campaña presidencial
- Oct 10:
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Obama looks to regroup Romney appears confident
- Oct 5:
- Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost
- Romney se mueve hacia el centro
- Oct 4:
- Social media renders rapid judgment on debate
- Study shows Colorado Latinos are concerned about education
- Oct 3:
- Mitt Romney comes on strong against President Obama in University of Denver Debate
- Sep 28:
- Obama habla de empleo y Romney de seguridad
- Colorado GOP fires voter registration firm after fraud allegations
- Sep 25:
- El campus de la Universidad de Denver se prepara para el primer debate presidencial
- Sep 24:
- Republicans look for voter fraud, find little
- Republicanos buscan fraude electoral; hallan poco
- Romney intenta pasar página después de dura semana
- Romney refocuses on the economy at Jefferson County rally
- Sep 21:
- Obama: Medicare y Seguro Social no son "dádivas"
- Ramos decidido a "desenmascarar" a candidatos
- Romney plans Pueblo rally Monday after Jefferson County on Sunday
- Sep 20:
- Romney dice que no ordenará redadas de inmigrantes
- Foro hispano centra campaña electoral en EEUU
- Obama: Mayor fracaso, falta de reforma migratoria
- Sep 17:
- Romney y Obama intensifican contienda electoral
- Mitt Romney secret video: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'
- Sep 16:
- Pueblo airport plane crash cancels Romney rally, Obama event
- Sep 14:
- Obama tied with Romney in Colorado in Denver Post poll
- Biden: Hispanos serán principal fuerza política
- Sep 12:
- In Golden, Obama vows "no act of terror will go unpunished"
- Obama addresses terror attack to fight for middle class in Jefferson County
- Sep 11:
- NCLR registra a miles de votantes hispanos en Colorado
- Aug 30:
- Obama-Biden 35 puntos sobre Romney-Ryan
- Aug 29:
- President Obama to hold campaign event in Boulder
- CU analysis: Romney wins presidency because of economy
- 88% of challenged Colorado voters are U.S. citizens, check shows
- Hispanos, una gran fuerza sin voz en el gobierno
- Hispanic voters projected to make up 8% of Colorado electorate
Beyond the obvious Election Day battle for the White House, other key questions for Colorado will be answered as the votes come in Tuesday, such as what will Colorado's legislature look like, will Colorado legalize marijuana and did voters approve tax hikes in a down economy?
1. Did Colorado's swing counties go red or blue?
In the swinging state of Colorado a handful of counties swing more than anyone else: Jefferson, Arapahoe and Larimer.
Of the three, Arapahoe and Jefferson hold a quarter of the state's active voters, and they are registered one-third Democratic, one-third Republican and one-third unaffiliated.
But Jefferson County can truly boast "so goes Jefferson County, so goes Colorado."
Photos: 2012 Election Day in Colorado
This is the county to watch.
Jeffco's voters have sided with the state in every presidential election over the past century — except for 1992, when Jeffco voters supported incumbent George Bush and the rest of the state supported Bill Clinton. Colorado followed Jeffco's lead in 1996 supporting Bob Dole over the eventual winner Clinton.
2. Will Colorado become Amsterdam, and what would the feds do if Amendment 64 passes?
Voters in Colorado, Washington and Oregon are voting whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana — a matter expected to be fought vigorously at the federal level if approved.
In Colorado, the law would allow for recreational marijuana stores, but those stores
likely wouldn't open until January 2014, giving the federal government time to intercede.
Then there is a matter of local control if Amendment 64 passes. What counties would permit stores to sell? Looking at the counties that support the measure, if passed, could be an indication of where the pot shops could be located.
3. Will Gov. John Hickenlooper have a split chamber or an all-Democratic legislature for the next two years?
All 65 state House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats are up for election this year, but the control of the chambers is coming down to a few competitive seats. Most of those contests are in Jefferson County.
Democrats hold a 20-15 majority in the Senate, while Republicans have a 33-32 edge in the House. One would imagine the Democratic governor would prefer an all-Democratic House and Senate. But sometimes life isn't about getting everything you want.
Hickenlooper now enjoys the natural checks and balances of a split legislature, and gets to be the final say on legislation that has been stripped of much controversy in order to pass through both chambers.
If the Democrats gain control of both houses suddenly Hickenlooper's life could be more difficult. His party would get all of the credit but also all of the blame for everything. He would be having to approve partisan legislation that could open a normally risk-adverse politician to criticism.
4. Will Colorado voters support tax hikes in a down economy?
Fourteen Colorado communities are asking voters tax questions, including a five-year excise tax extension for a climate action plan in Boulder; sales taxes for open space in Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville; a property tax hike for a fire station in Fountain.
De-Brucing measures are on the ballot in Denver, Castle Pines and Centennial. Aurora seeks $74 million in bonds for transportation related projects, Erie wants $6.2 million in bonds for a public safety facility and Larkspur wants $2.8 million in bonds for water well improvements.
5. Will Colorado return all of its incumbents to Washington?
The seven Congressional seats from Colorado are up for grabs but most analysts expect only two races to be competitive — the race between incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton versus Democratic challenger Sal Pace for the 3rd Congressional seat and incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman versus Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi for the 6th District.
While plenty of money has been spent for the 7th District, the race between Republican challenger Joe Coors and incumbent Ed Perlmutter is not expected to result in any change.
Democrats Jared Polis and Diana DeGette and Republican Doug Lamborn are bulletproof. Republican Cory Gardner also is expected to beat challenger Brandon Schaffer to represent the 4th Congressional District.
Jeremy P. Meyer: 303-954-1367, email@example.com or twitter.com/jpmeyerdpost