According to PEW Charitable Trusts, a way to track each state’s voter, Colorado ranked first in the nation for 2016.
“In Mesa County that holds true as well, so Mesa County has seen an increase over the two last presidential elections,” said Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, Sheila Reiner.
In 2008, Mesa County recorded 74,926 registered voters, 76,075 in 2012, and 86,055 for 2016. For total registered in 2016, 38% are between the ages of 50 and 69, and 16% are between the ages of 18 and 29, this was all out of four different age groups. Officials with the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder said they think ballot questions have something to do with the increase.
“We’ve got some heavy issues to consider, from the Colorado Care, the healthcare question, to marijuana questions that are in the local jurisdiction of Palisade,” said Reiner.
She also provided News Channel 5 with figures on what voters registered as: 45% republican, 20% democrat, 34% unaffiliated, and the last 1% other.
Reiner said mail ballots will be sent out October 17th, and those should be sent in at least one week before the election. Residents who haven’t registered have until the election to do so.