Denver election: Voters to decide mayor, City Council races in runoff

Denver voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their votes at a polling center or to turn in their completed ballots in the city’s runoff election.

Residents will have to choose between Kelly Brough and Mike Johnston for mayor — the first new mayor in 12 years, and those living in districts 8, 9 and 10 will be picking their City Council representatives. Races go to a runoff election when no candidate receives 50% or more of the vote, except for the at-large seats. This also occurred in District 7, but one candidate withdrew from the race.

If you’re still trying to decide who to vote for, check out the Denver Post voter’s guide with information about all the Denver candidates running for office. You can find ballot drop-off and voting centers here.

As of Monday, 89,879 ballots had been cast (a little more than 20% of total ballots), with another 5,890 received and being counted, according to data from the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office. There are 447,497 active registered voters in Denver, the majority of them unaffiliated voters (203,231), followed closely by registered Democrats (194,390) and a much smaller number of Republicans (42,144).

Although low voter turnout in the April election (about 39.6% of active voters) has led to calls for changes, voters are so far returning ballots in this election at a higher rate than previous mayoral elections. Elections officials typically post the last batch of results on election night around 11:30 p.m. and continue counting ballots into Wednesday. So voters may not know the final winners on Election Day.

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