09.26.19

Trump wakes up County voters

The 2016 election of Donald Trump has apparently shocked Boulder County’s Democratic and unaffiliated voters into action.

About 89% of the county’s active voters cast a ballot in the 2016 election, when Hillary Clinton faced Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. This was a less enthusiastic turnout from the near-universal 96% who voted in 2012, when Barack Obama won re-election.

Local voters made up for their 2016 performance with a stronger turnout in 2018 than in 2014 or 2010 — the previous two non-presidential congressional elections.

Statewide, Colorado voters were also fired up in 2018, turning out at the second-highest rate in the country, according to the Florida-based United States Election Project. As a result, Democrats swept the governor’s seat, both houses of the legislature and every statewide constitutional office.

Will liberal voter enthusiasm here and across the country carry into 2020?

by Chris Barge