Index: Community Living / Subcategory: Civic Life

Voter Participation

Date updated: 06/19/2013

Voter participation is reported below in two ways: the number of registered Voting Age Population and the number of those registered who voted.

The number of people registered to vote in Larimer County is a dynamic number that is constantly changing as people move in and out of the County and voters are placed in inactive status for failure to vote. The highest number of registered voters occurs just prior to the general election and is usually lowest after general elections when nonvoters have been changed to inactive status. For purposes of this analysis, the number used was the one taken prior to election day and includes active and inactive status.

As of June 2007, C.R.S. 1-8-104.5 established permanent mail-in ballot status. It is possible that the number of registered voters, beginning with the 2008 general election, will increase because of this law.

What this chart shows: Voting Age Population (VAP) Registration in the United States, Colorado, and Larimer County, 2004 to 2012

Data Sources:

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What the above data tell us:

From 2004 to 2012, Larimer County and Colorado had a higher percentage of registered voters compared to the United States as a whole, with the exception of Larimer County in 2010 when the percentage of registered voters dropped to 55.0%. It is possible, however, that the method for calculating the number of registered voters differs between the national, state, and county levels.

Often the number of registered voters increases in presidential election years (2004, 2008, and 2012) and that trend was more pronounced at the national and state levels than the county level.

Although the data represented above depicts the percentage of registered voters who voted, it should be noted that over the last five general elections, the percentage of those eligible to vote varied from a low of 55.0% in 2010 to a high of 75.2% in 2012.

What this chart shows: Registered Voter Turnout in General Elections in the United States, Colorado, and Larimer County, 2004 to 2012

Data Sources:

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What the above data tell us:

From 2004 to 2012, Larimer County had a higher percentage of registered voters who voted compared to the United States as a whole. With the exception of 2006, Larimer County also had a higher voter turnout than Colorado.

Often the number of voters increases in presidential election years (2004, 2008, and 2012) and that trend was the case at the national and state levels but not as pronounced at the county level.

What this chart shows: Voting Methods Used in Larimer County, 2008 to 2012 General Elections

Data Source: Larimer County Clerk's Office (data not available online)

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What the above data tell us:

In 2008 the ballot contained a large number of initiatives and long lines at the polling places were anticipated. The Secretary of State encouraged voters to request mail-in ballots and it appears voters in Larimer County heeded that advice. Since 2008 the trend for voting by mail has continued.

It should be noted that in Larimer County voters no longer vote at a precinct polling station determined by their residential address. Starting in 2003, residents may now vote at any designated County Voting Center.

Mail-In voting involves having a ballot sent to your home rather than going to a voting center to vote. Provisional ballots are ballots that allow a person to vote even though his or her name is not on the official voter registration list. In Colorado, individuals must first sign an affidavit to vote with a provisional ballot.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Registered Voters by Designated Affiliation in Larimer County, 2004 to 2012

Data Source: Larimer County Clerk's Office

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What the above data tell us:

In 2012, unaffiliated voters in Larimer County (35.8%) were the largest percentage of registered voters, followed by Republicans (34.7%) and Democrats (28.1%). Since 2004, the general trend has seen more voters registered as Democrats and Unaffiliated and fewer registered as Republicans.

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Data Tables:

Voter Registration

  

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

N Registered

% Registered

N Registered

% Registered

N Registered

% Registered

2004

142,070,000 72.1% 2,307,000 74.2% 152,549 72.3%

2006

135,847,000 67.6% 2,275,000 71.4% 157,985 72.3%

2008

146,311,000 71.0% 2,437,000 72.2% 169,699 74.2%

2010

137,263,000 65.1% 2,299,000 66.2% 130,046 55.0%

2012

153,157,000 71.2% 2,635,000 74.4% 184,041 75.2%

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Voter Turnout

  

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

N Voted

% Voted

N Voted

% Voted

N Voted

% Voted

2004

125,736,000 88.5% 2,097,000 90.9% 146,436 96.0%

2006

96,119,000 70.8% 1,730,000 76.0% 112,890 71.5%

2008

131,144,000 89.6% 2,308,000 94.7% 167,294 98.6%

2010

95,987,000 69.9% 1,826,000 79.4% 127,625 98.1%

2012

132,948,000 86.8% 2,495,000 94.7% 181,866 98.8%

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Voting Methods Used - Larimer County

Mail-In

Early Voting

Vote Centers

Provisional

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

2008

106,652 63.8% 32,326 19.3% 25,155 15.0% 3,161 1.9%

2010

88,031 69.0% 10,855 8.5% 26,185 20.5% 2,554 2.0%

2012

135,011 74.2% 21,217 11.7% 22,886 12.6% 2,752 1.5%

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Affiliations of Registered Voters - Larimer County

Republicans

Democrats

Unaffiliated

Other

N

Percent

N

Percent

N

Percent

N

Percent

2004

62,082 40.7% 40,920 26.8% 48,763 32.0% 784 0.5%

2006

62,100 39.3% 42,383 26.8% 52,567 33.3% 935 0.6%

2008

62,169 36.6% 51,231 30.2% 55,105 32.5% 1,194 0.7%

2010

51,858 39.9% 38,701 29.8% 38,404 29.5% 1,083 0.8%

2012

63,795 34.7% 51,795 28.1% 65,904 35.8% 2,547 1.4%

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