Report: Colorado was ranked fourth in voter turnout in 2016. Here’s why.

For the past four years, Colorado has been among the top five states when it comes to voter turnout, according to a report from Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project.

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Voting at Court between 14th and 15th. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Voting at Court between 14th and 15th. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For the past four years, Colorado has been among the top five states when it comes to voter turnout, according to a report from Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project.

Last year, the state was ranked fourth, thanks to the 72.1 percent of Coloradans who filled out their ballot. 

Percentage turnout has not dropped below 50 percent.

Percentage turnout has not dropped below 50 percent.

So … why?

More than anything else, it’s Colorado’s same-day voter registration that has kept turnout numbers high, according to the the report’s authors. But yeah, getting your ballot in the mail helped as well.

What about our coveted status as a battleground state?

“Voter turnout in contested battleground states has been five to eight percentage points higher than in non-battleground states in each of the last five presidential elections,” the report said.

In the past eight years, the lowest voter turnout for Colorado was 50.9 percent in 2010. That was also the lowest that Colorado ranked, according to the reports of Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project — ninth.

Year Rank
2016 4
2014 3
2012 3
2010 9
2008 5

And if you happen to know someone who’s not registered to vote, here’s the online portal to change that. Maybe that way, Colorado can achieve an even better ranking in 2018.