EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - In a midterm with the highest turnout in more than a century, Colorado boasted better numbers than every state but one.
Colorado's voter turnout was the second-highest in the nation at 61.9 percent. Minnesota was first at 64.3 percent, and Oregon, Wisconsin and Montana rounded out the top five.
In El Paso County, turnout was even more impressive, with nearly 69 percent of active voters taking part in the election. The county clerk and recorder's office told 11 News that's higher than any other midterm election, ever. To compare, in 2014, 231,635 El Paso County residents voted; in 2018, that number was 282,731. On Election Day alone, 104,341 ballots were returned -- also a record.
11 News partner The Gazette reports that women outpaced men by 112,000 ballots. Middle-aged voters (41-60) had the highest turnout by age group, with voters 26-40 the next-highest.
The huge numbers may be due to a couple of voter-friendly state laws: the all-mail ballot system adopted four years ago, and the fact that people can register up until 6:59 p.m. on Election Day. Polls close at 7.
Also, anyone standing in line for the polls at 7 o'clock is still allowed to cast a ballot.