Almost 160,000 Coloradans have already voted in the Nov. 6 election

Lisa Lockman casts a ballot at the Denver Human Services building in Sun Valley on primary election day, June 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Lisa Lockman casts a ballot at the Denver Human Services building in Sun Valley on primary election day, June 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Nearly 160,000 ballots have been cast for the Nov. 6 general election in Colorado so far, with Republican turnout slightly higher than Democrats in the first release of election figures from the Secretary of State’s office.

The figures show 159,312 ballots have been returned as of Tuesday morning. It includes 57,695 ballots from registered Republicans and 55,450 from registered Democrats. At least 44,300 unaffiliated registered voters have returned their ballots. The remaining ballots are from third-party voters. The figures include ballots returned to county clerks.

“Clerks could begin mailing ballots Oct. 15, but please be patient if yours hasn’t arrived,” a release from the Secretary of State said. “The U.S. Postal Service has 3.2 million ballots to deliver and some won’t hit mailboxes until this week.”

Voters in Denver County have returned 9,015 ballots, including 5,118 from Democrats, 2,427 unaffiliated and 1,369 Republican voters.

There are 3.2 million active registered voters in Colorado as of Oct. 1, according to figures from the secretary of state’s office.