2021 election guide: Coloradans to decide statewide and local ballot items

City council races, local measures at stake as last day to vote arrives

By: - November 2, 2021 5:00 am

Adam Charron returns his ballot at a drop box outside the Denver Botanic Gardens on the morning of Nov. 1, 2021. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

Election Day has arrived.

In Colorado, voters throughout the state on Nov. 2 will decide three statewide ballot measures. In addition, voters in various Colorado locations face ballot items of local concern, such as initiatives, city council races and school board races.

Newsline reporters wrote guides on some of the most significant 2021 Colorado election items. They include:

  • A guide to the three statewide ballot measures. Every Colorado voter is asked to weigh in on Amendment 78, Proposition 119 and Proposition 120. Detailed information on these measures is available in the state Blue Book
  • A guide to the 13 Denver ballot measures. Thanks to a multipart bond package, five citizen-initiated measures and a pair of civic reforms backed by the City Council, Denver voters will have what election officials say is likely a record number of ballot questions to decide today. Hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure investments, high-stakes housing policies and the future of the Park Hill Golf Course property are among the issues that voters face.
  • A guide to the Aurora City Council race. The candidates vying for seats on the Aurora City Council come from a range of backgrounds, and they have different visions for the future of Colorado’s third-largest city during a time of local and national upheaval.
  • A guide to Boulder Ballot Question 300. A Boulder citizen-initiated ballot question asks voters whether the city should increase the number of unrelated adults who are allowed to live in the same home. It’s an issue that came up recently in Denver, and it’s an issue put in sharp focus by the ongoing housing affordability crisis across Colorado.

As of Sunday, 755,631 ballots from among 3.9 million active voters had been returned. Ballots were mailed to voters starting Oct. 8. They can be returned until 7 p.m. today. It’s too late to mail them in. But voters can return their ballots in a drop box or vote in person at a voter service and polling center. The Colorado secretary of state’s website offers an online tool to help voters find a nearby drop box or voting site. The site also includes links to every county clerk’s office throughout the state. Local county clerk’s offices can also assist voters with questions. In Colorado, residents can register to vote and vote on Election Day

Voters who mailed in ballots can track the status of their ballot through Colorado BallotTrax.

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