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At just over 36% turnout, this year’s general election saw more than 1.5 million ballots cast for statewide and local contests.

Turnout was still far below what it typically is in a presidential or midterm election year. Last November, nearly 70% of voters cast ballots. In 2016, 72% of voters showed up.

While the final electorate this year was roughly evenly divided between Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters — with Republicans making up a slightly larger share at 34.5% of voters — it did not reflect the larger base of active, registered voters.

Republicans, at 28% of registrations, voted in much higher numbers than unaffiliateds, who comprise 40%. 

While this pattern of voting was present in 2015 and 2017, unaffiliated voters turned out in slightly higher numbers than Democrats, a departure from previous cycles.

Four years ago, turnout ranged from a high of 72% in Hinsdale County in southern Colorado to 26% in Summit County.

Jackson County along the border with Wyoming experienced the highest turnout at nearly 61%. Denver’s turnout was lowest, at around 23%.

Editor's note: This story was updated to clarify that turnout numbers, not rates, were higher among unaffiliated voters than Democratic voters.

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