It's come to our attention that some of you think the early voting numbers, which are released daily, are a liberal media plot to suppress Republican turnout. Next has gotten several comments about that. The reason seems to be that Democrats have returned more ballots than Republicans.

Let's put on our debunking hats, shall we?

The early ballot returns, in which Democrats increased their lead on Wednesday, are totally legal.

It's not disclosing how someone voted, just that a Democrat or a Republican returned a ballot.

And we know the vast majority will vote largely on party lines. There's no liberal conspiracy. the numbers come from Colorado's Republican Secretary of State.

They're released no matter which party leads in ballots returned. This year is shaping up well for Democrats because Republicans led at this point in early returns in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

By the way, the Republican ballots returned are up to 141,000, and Democrat ballots up to 167,000.

Tuesday, Republican ballots were at 94,500. Democrats at 117,800.