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As of 3:19 p.m. Monday, November 6th, the day before the 2017 Election, Coloradans had filled out and returned 810,360 ballots that had already been tallied by county clerks.

As of 8 a.m., today, November 7th, there had only been 718,174 returned and counted.

The I Already Voted Initiative can be used to help close the gap in real-time between when a voter votes, and their ballot is counted and received. We can also work to catch discrepancies and identify pockets where voters claim they have voted, but their ballot was never received.

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Colorado voters under 40 have returned just a fraction of their mail-in ballots for the upcoming election when compared to older voters, according to new numbers out Wednesday from the secretary of state.

As of 7:40 Wednesday morning, 174,539 Coloradans had already returned their ballots, most of which were mailed out last week. That number grew exponentially from the approximately 36,000 who had returned ballots as of Monday.

But only 12 percent of the ballots returned so far have come from voters under age 40, and voters aged 18-25 have returned only 2.7 percent of the total number of ballots.

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It’s election season in Colorado and that means voters are being subjected to phone calls from various candidates and campaigns.

Because it’s an off-year election, the crush of calls, door visits and direct mail, isn’t as overwhelming as it was last year, during the Presidential election, but for many, it’s still frustrating.

“It’s bothersome,” said Aurora resident Katina Boahen. “You work hard all day, and you come home and just want to relax, and you’re bombarded.”

There may be relief soon.

ABC 7 Denver profiles the I Already Voted initiative.

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There may soon be a better way to avoid being bombarded with campaign emails, phone calls and doorbell rings after you’ve returned your ballot. And the new product, appropriately called I Already Voted, is testing exclusively in Aurora this election cycle.

The Aurora Sentinel shares about our test of the IAV Initiative.

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Twitter says it will provide more information about political ads on its service, including who is funding them and how they are targeted.

The move follows similar steps by Facebook and the introduction of a bill that seeks to bring more transparency to online political ads in an attempt to lessen the influence of Russia and other foreign entities on U.S. elections.

The bill would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep public records on election ads and meet the same disclaimer requirements as political broadcast and print advertising.

Companies would have to make "reasonable efforts" to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign entity, something already prohibited by law.

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Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman and Democrats Jason Crow, Levi Tillemann and David Aarestad combined to raise more than $740,000 in the third fiscal quarter. With well over $1.2 million of reported year-to-date cash on hand between all of the candidates, CO-6 has more money in it than any other congressional race, and by a wide margin.

In other words, get ready for another long, expensive battle if you live in Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

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You’ve sent in your mail ballot, but the phone keeps ringing. Pitches, push polls and the like, served up right round dinnertime — with all the warmth and charm of a robocall.

Those “no-call” lists that swept the country years ago and were supposed to insulate you from unwanted telemarketers? They don’t apply to political speech; politicians and their peeps can pester you all they want. Even after you’ve voted.

Dreading another campaign season? Can’t take it anymore? Well, hold the phone — before you get so fed up you throw it out, or through, the window.

The “I Already Voted” initiative, or IAV, offers hope. Here’s how it works...

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However much truth there once may have been to the tales of big-city machine politicians summoning whole graveyards, zombie-like, to the polls, the prevailing wisdom is it's by and large a thing of the past. Certainly, we all hope so, and it is reassuring there is little if any evidence nowadays that a lot of people who shouldn't be voting, dead or otherwise, are casting ballots en masse.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(KXRM) – A woman has pleaded guilty to voting twice in last year’s presidential election, according to the El Paso County Office of the Clerk and Recorder.

Officials say Toni Newbill attempted to cast Ralph Nanninga’s ballot in the 2016 Primary Election. Nanninga died in 2012.

The penalty of this crime includes probation, community service, a fine and other court fees.

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In Colorado it’s never too early to start thinking about the next big race. Here in a state that went for Hillary Clinton in November, Republicans are looking at 2018, when Colorado will elect a new governor.
Colorado has only elected one Republican governor since John Arthur Love left office for the Nixon administration in 1973, and that was Bill Owens, who served from 1999 to 2007. (When Love left, his Republican lieutenant governor filled out the last two years of his term, leaving office in January 1975. So another way of putting it is that Colorado has only had one Republican governor in the last 41 years.)

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