Electoral Votes: 9
2008 Result (%): Obama 53.7-44.7
Voting Pattern Summary
While Colorado may look like large rural state on an anodyne political map, 85% of the population lives in a concentrated urbanised area on the eastern face of the southern tail of the Rocky Mountains known as the Front Range Urban Corridor which contains the greater Denver metropolitan area, Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
In Colorado the urban/rural divide in muddled somewhat with some conservative bastions cities in the Front Range Urban Corridor such as Colorado Springs and Greeley. Conversely there are rural counties in Southern Colorado with a high Hispanic population which vote Democratic plus the liberal ski resort counties on the Rocky Mountains which returned double digit vote shares for Ralph Nader in 2000.
Nevertheless, there are still rural conservative strength in far western Colorado and urban liberal strength in Denver County and the college towns of Fort Collins and Boulder. The key to winning Colorado is to carry the large population counties that surround the city of Denver; Jefferson and Arapahoe.
The tables of the key counties are below, please click to enlarge.
Voting machines in use in Colorado can differ by precinct let alone by county. Optical scanning of paper ballots, DRE with and without a voter verified paper trail are all used.
In Colorado, a recount is triggered if the runner –up candidates win votes equal to or in excess of 99.5% of the winning candidate vote tally. This threshold approximates 0.25% of the vote. Defeated candidates may also request a recount, however such candidates must pay the full cost of the recount prior to the commencement of the recount. The costs are refunded to the candidate should the recount change the winner or the margin is reduced to a level that would have triggered an automatic recount.
The recount is undertaken by the boards of election in each county. Prior to the recount the board will retest their equipment, only if the equipment ( optical scanners or DRE machines) is found to be faulty faulty will a full hand recount be undertaken of paper ballots and DRE paper trails. If the voting equipment works satisfactorily then a recount will take place with the use of the said machines and electronic equipment.
A full summary of Colorado recount laws can be found here.
As at 5 November, according to the US election project website, the number of early votes cast in Iowa at this election is equivalent to 70.5% of all 2008 votes cast. In 2008 the early vote share of all votes was 78.2%.
Of the voters who have cast early ballots already, the party registration of these voters is Dem 34.6%, Rep 36.6%, Ind 19% which indicates a contest that is too close to call.