DENVER — Election Day 2020 has come and gone.
9NEWS will use this blog to provide updates on results from 2020 Election Day and beyond on potential lines or problems at Colorado's polls and the results now that ballots are being tallied.
HOW 9NEWS IS CALLING RACES:
Colorado counties began posting election results at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 9NEWS will use The Associated Press to call races based on information that comes directly from county clerk's offices across Colorado.
9NEWS will rely on our partners at NBC News to call the national presidential race.
See all of our election coverage and full results at 9news.com/elections.
9:30 a.m.: The Associated Press and NBC News are projecting Joe Biden will win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, which would give him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
6:02 p.m.: Strategies 360 said ballot measure 2A passed, making Denver the first city to pass a voter-approved sales tax designed to help residents lower carbon pollution, improve air quality and prepare for and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, according to their release.
5:38 p.m.: Colorado Parks and Wildlife said that Coloradans have passed Proposition 114 to restore gray wolves in Colorado. They outlined their next steps in the process. The Associated Press has not officially called the race, which as of this writing leads by a little over 26,000 votes.
1:35 p.m.: A group in opposition to Proposition 114, the effort to reintroduce grey wolves, issued a statement saying they believe the measure will pass.
12:07 p.m.: Susana Cordova, the superintendent for the Denver Public School district (DPS) sent a release thanking Denver voters for their overwhelming support of issues 4A and 4B, a bond and mill levy for the district. The release said the largest margin of support for bond and mill levy funding since 1990.
11:30 a.m.: Denver ballot measure 2B for a 0.25 percent sales tax increase to pay for aid and resources for the city’s homeless population passed officially.
Thursday, Nov. 5
6:25 p.m.: An amendment that clarifies the requirement of U.S. citizenship to register to vote has passed, the AP has projected.
3:30 p.m.: Coloradans have voted to join the National Popular Vote compact, the AP projects.
Read more about what this means at the link below.
2:40 p.m.: Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) issued the following statement about the 2020 election on Tuesday:
“Coloradans have shown ourselves to be a national model for how to hold safe, secure, reliable, and efficient elections, and this year we have exercised our rights in a record-breaking fashion. The sun did rise this morning, as it will tomorrow and the day after, and while we all patiently await the results of the Presidential election and other races around the country, it’s important to highlight that in this historic election, Colorado solidified itself as one of the best places in the country to live, work and play, or to start and run a business. Coloradans overwhelmingly supported a measure to provide free preschool to every four-year-old in our state. We voted in support of our firefighters, small businesses, and local communities. Voters provided tax relief for every Coloradan and paved the way for broader fiscal and tax reform. I look forward to working with the state legislature and local officials to build ourselves back even stronger than where we were before the pandemic, save people money on health care, invest in education, take bold climate action and create good-paying jobs and build an economy that works for all.”
12:30 p.m.: The Associated Press has called the 17th Judicial District attorney's race for Democrat Brian Mason.
Read more about the race and how it relates to the Elijah McClain case below.
7:21 a.m.: Political newcomer Lauren Boebert has defeated Democratic challenger Diane Mitsch Bush in the race to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers the Western Slope and southern Colorado, according to the latest projection from The Associated Press.
6:30 a.m.: While the race has not been officially called, as of 6:30 a.m. Nov. 4, Denver voters appear poised to approve ballot measure 2B, which increases sales-and-use tax to provide funding for people experiencing homelessness.
1:20 a.m.: Republican Ken Buck is projected to win U.S. House District 4, according to the Associated Press.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
11:45 p.m.: Republican Lauren Boebert declared victory against her opponent Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush for the 3rd Congressional District late Tuesday night, however, the Associated Press and NBC News have not yet called the race.
11 p.m.: While the race has not been officially called, as of 11 p.m. on election night Denver voters appeared poised to overturn the city’s 31-year-old pit bull ban.
According to Denver’s election results page, 64% of voters were in favor of overturning the ban and 35% were against it.
10:36 p.m.: For the first time in generations, the University of Colorado Board of Regents will be controlled by Democrats.
Read about this change in the status quo below courtesy Colorado Politics.
10:15 p.m.: Colorado has voted to repeal the Gallagher Amendment, according to the latest AP projects.
Read more about what this means at the link below.
10:01 p.m.: Proposition 118, which would establish a paid family leave program in Colorado, is projected to pass, according to the AP.
Read more about the plan below.
9:35 p.m.: Colorado voters decided against retaining District Court Judge Tomee Crespin, Colorado Politics said.
Read more about it below.
RELATED: Voters reject 1 judge for retention
9:56 p.m.: The Associated Press projects that Amendment 77, which allows voters in gaming towns like Cripple Creek and Central City to remove betting limits, has passed.
9:52 p.m.: The Associated Press projects that Proposition 115, which would have banned abortions after 22 weeks, has failed.
Read more about the measure below.
9:15 p.m.: The Associated Press projects that Proposition EE, which raises the tobacco tax and adds a vaping tax, will pass.
Read more about Proposition EE below.
8:35 p.m.: Colorado Politics said the State Board of Education continues a partisan split of four Democrats and three Republicans.
Read more about it through the link below.
8:30 p.m.: The Associated Press projects that Republican Doug Lamborn has won reelection to Colorado's 5th Congressional District.
8 p.m.: The Associated Press projects that Democrat Joe Neguse will be reelected in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.
7:45 p.m.: The Associated Press has called the 6th Congressional District for incumbent Democrat Jason Crow and the 7th Congressional District for incumbent Democrat Ed Perlmutter.
Read more about the 6th Congressional Race below.
7:30 p.m.: NBC News has called the U.S. Senate race in Colorado for Democrat John Hickenlooper, who is projected to defeat incumbent Republican Cory Gardner in one of the most closely-watched U.S. Senate races in the country.
Democrats see Colorado's race as one of the keys to regaining a U.S. Senate majority.
Read more about the race below:
7:20 p.m.: NBC News projects that Democrat Joe Biden will win Colorado's nine electoral college votes.
Read more at the link below.
RELATED: Biden projected to win in Colorado
7:16 p.m.: The Associated Press has called for Democratic Incumbent Diana DeGette to win Denver's First Congressional District.
7:10 p.m.: Denver has released unofficial election results as of 7 p.m. The count in the predominantly Democratic county is:
-227,975 votes for Biden/Harris (83.17%)
- 41,827 votes for Trump/Pence (15.26%)
The results say 414 votes were cast for the ticket that includes rapper Kanye West.
The Denver County Clerk's Office expects to release more results at 8:30 p.m.
7 p.m.: Voters who are already in line can still cast their votes, but Colorado's polls are now closed and results are beginning to come in from county clerk's.
Watch 9NEWS' live coverage in the video player above.
5:30 p.m.: Here are the latest poll wait times in the city of Denver:
5:20 p.m.: Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold reports that 3,104,807 votes in Colorado had been cast as of 4 p.m.
That represents 82% of active voters in the state, and 74% of registered voters. Voters are inactive if their ballot is returned back to the clerk's office as undeliverable.
4:50 p.m.: Polls are beginning to close in certain parts of the country.
Find the latest election results at 9news.com/elections.
3:30 p.m.: Denver police officers are patrolling polling locations – but that’s not a sign that trouble’s expected.
“That’s kind of standard procedure,” said Alton Dillard, spokesman for the Denver Election Division. “This is nothing new. This is not in reaction to any headline or social media or anything else.”
He said officers are paying particular attention at voting locations with drive-through ballot drop-off boxes.
3:20 p.m.: 9NEWS Director of Content Tim Ryan has answered a big question: when did the last political ad air on 9NEWS?
It was at 10:38 a.m.!
2:54 p.m.: Tuesday's current high of 79° in Denver ties a previous record last set in 1915. It also ties the record for the warmest Election Day since 1934!
2:21 p.m.: More than 3 million voters in Colorado have turned in ballots as of noon on Election Day, making for a turnout rate of 79.5% among active registered voters in the state, according to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
2 p.m.: Several 9NEWS viewers have reported automated calls from the Colorado Republican Committee informing them their ballots have been rejected. The automated calls leave instructions for people to call their local clerk to check on the status of their ballot.
A spokesperson for the Colorado GOP confirmed they are behind the calls and that the group will often obtain a public list of voters who had their ballots rejected from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.
Some viewers who received the automated calls have told 9NEWS they have called their clerk's offices to check on their ballots and learned their ballot was fine and accepted.
A spokesperson for the GOP couldn't explain the discrepancy and said they work off a list of rejected ballots from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.
1:15 p.m.: Power went out for about an hour at a voting center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
“The power’s back up,” said Luc Hatlestad, a spokesman for Arapahoe County. “We didn’t close anything. We were just directing people to the nearest voting center.”
12:30 p.m.: There is a power outage at the MLK Library in Aurora that should be resolved shortly. The nearest voting center is at the Community College of Aurora, 710 Alton Way.
12:30 p.m.: Tweet about bricks left for "chaos" is false.
9Wants to Know looked closer at the above internet rumor that claims someone left a pile of bricks in Colorado to get "ready for chaos."
Investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola found the location where the bricks were photographed.
The Denver Police Department and a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure confirm the bricks were not intentionally left at the corner. Colorado Public Radio found the bricks were part of a road project in the area.
10 a.m.: Here's a look at the latest voting numbers:
- Turnout: 76% of active registered, 2,893,995 total votes
- 930,452 votes from registered Democrats
- 800,215 Republicans
- 1,088,369 from unaffiliated voters
These numbers surpassed 2016’s turnout as of 10 a.m.
9:30 a.m.: Authorities are investigating an incident Monday at an Arapahoe County voting center in which two men – one armed with a holstered handgun – were reportedly filming in an area where people were coming in to drop off ballots.
Luc Hatlestad, spokesman for Arapahoe County, confirmed that the incident was reported at an entrance to the county’s administration building, located at 5334 S. Prince St. There is a ballot drop box inside the building.
“We had at least three people come in and tell somebody … that they felt intimidated,” Hatlestad said. “I don’t know if that legally constitutes a formal complaint, but that’s what they told us.”
Littleton Police, the 18th Judicial District Attorney, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office are all looking into the incident.
It is a misdemeanor in Colorado to “to impede, prevent, or otherwise interfere with the free exercise of the elective franchise.”
It is also illegal to engage in “electioneering” within 100 feet of a polling place.
Hatlestad, who said he witnessed part of the incident, said one man was armed with a holstered handgun.
7 a.m.: Poll locations have opened across the state. There are hundreds of in-person voting options in Colorado. Here is a map of their locations and hours.
Here's a look at some past 9NEWS coverage to help you navigate Election Day.
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS: Voter guide 2020: Everything you need to know about the election in Colorado
LEARN ABOUT THE STATEWIDE ISSUES: Here are the 11 statewide issues that will be on the 2020 ballot in Colorado
WHERE TO FIND RESULTS AND MORE COVERAGE: How to find election results and get alerts from 9NEWS
A LOOK AT HYPER-LOCAL RACES: Pit bulls and pools: The local questions 70 municipalities in Colorado will consider this election
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