Here’s why Denverites say they haven’t voted yet

Nearly 88% of registered voters haven’t turned in a ballot, and older Denverites look like they’ll be determining the future of the city.
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Early voters drop off their ballots at a drive-through collection station outside Denver Elections Division headquarters on Bannock Street, Nov. 7, 2022.
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Denver, you're still basically not voting.

With under 88% of eligible voters still to turn in their ballots, we're getting a B+ for electoral apathy. Congrats?

As of this writing, 24,391 people ages 65 and up had voted. That's more than all people from 18 to 54 -- 21,937. Another 8,731 people from 55 to 64 have voted.

If this trend continues, older Denverites will set the agenda for the city, picking an entirely new mayor and reshaping City Council. Perhaps that makes sense? People 65 and up are the fastest-growing population in Colorado. Many younger people can't afford the rent and the hopes of buying a home in the city are all but nil.

After Denverite wrote about some of the reasons why voter turnout is so low, we decided to ask our readers why they still haven't turned in their ballots.

Here's what Julie F. wrote:

Ann S. confessed:

Here's the story that Ann was referring to about how turnout looked and how Denver's municipal election turnout has been poor for decades.

Isa D. noted:

Mike wrote:

Vic A. said the media should have done more to drum up awareness.

We're trying, Vic. We're trying.

So you want to vote, but you're overwhelmed?

No worries. We have you covered. Check out our 2023 voter guide here.

And if you're not registered, you can do so up until Election Day, April 4.

Find out how to register to vote (which you can up through Election Day) at the Clerk and Recorders website.

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