Elections 2020

Watch: Colorado and Durango Ballot Issues Forum

Oct 22, 2020

The two-part forum was held virtually on October 14. The first part, hosted by Fort Lewis College government and political science students, examined all 11 Colorado ballot issues. The second forum was on the Durango School District 9R Ballot Initiative 4A and was presented by Erika Brown of the 9R school board.

There are four state constitutional amendments on the Colorado ballot this year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower discusses what a yes or no vote means with Karen Sheek, the president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.

KSUT will carry NPR's special coverage of the final debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tonight from 7-9 PM from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Kristen Welker of NBC News will be the moderator. 

The debate format will be six 15-minute segments. Each candidate will have two minutes of uninterrupted time at the beginning of each segment.



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With just under 2 weeks until election day, November 3rd, KSUT News is partnering with the League of Women Voters to help explain this year's ballot measures. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Karen Sheek, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.

A Colorado Voting Q&A - Updated October 21

Oct 20, 2020
Mark Duggan

Vote centers around the state – more than 340 of them – opened Monday for those who want to vote or drop ballots off in person for the Nov. 3 election. 

Boebert, Mitsch Bush Dueling to Wrest the Reins of CD3 Race Amid COVID-19

Oct 19, 2020
M. John Fayhee

The candidates’ campaign trail is dotted with dust-ups over pandemic protocols, guns, and experience.

KSUT continues its series examining the Colorado State ballot measures with the help of the La Plata County League of Women Voters. In Part 2, reporter Sarah Flower and League representatives take an in-depth look at remaining ballot propositions.



Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper spent more than three hours together in recent weeks trading attacks and making their pitches to voters. If you didn’t watch all three of their debates, here are some of the main takeaways to catch up on.

Lagging in the polls, Gardner is trying to make the race about character.


There are nearly a dozen ballot measures on the 2020 Colorado ballot. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with representatives from the League of Women Voters of La Plata County to take an indepth look at the propositions. Listen to part one of this two part story below. Part two will be broadcast and posted on Monday, October 19.

Voters in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District have the choice of two very different candidates to represent them in Congress. The race is a clash between a young, political newcomer aligned with President Trump and a veteran state lawmaker who believes in pragmatism over polarization.

At 70, former state lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is more than twice as old as Lauren Boebert, 33.

Yes, sometimes mistakes happen with ballots. But Colorado election officials say there are ways to ensure that your vote gets counted. The Colorado Sun consulted the Secretary of State's Office, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker, and Boulder County elections spokeswoman Mircalla Wozniak to get some answers.

In their final U.S. Senate debate, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and former Gov. John Hickenlooper clashed again over ethics, health care and the nation’s response to the coronavirus. But the candidates did not cover too much new ground in Fort Collins.

In one of their more heated exchanges, Gardner and Hickenlooper presented voters with very different views on environmental policy. Hickenlooper said he supports the country’s push to replace coal jobs with new ones promoting renewable energy.

The forum was held virtually on Tuesday October 6 2020. It featured Democrat Marsha Porter Norton and Jack Turner, Unaffiliated debating for District 2; and Charly Minkler, Unaffiliated and Matt Salka, Democrat debating for District 3.

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For the 2020 election, Colorado voters statewide can correct ballots rejected for signature discrepancies through their mobile phones. We learn why in this special for the Colorado Sun.

Colorado Public Radio

Only eight states in the country have paid family leave programs for their workers. This fall, voters have the option to make Colorado the ninth.

Colorado Public Radio

Smokers, vapers and tobacco chewers would pay higher taxes in January and considerably more for discount cigarettes if Colorado voters approve this ballot measure.

Ballots have been mailed to Colorado voters and will be arriving in mailboxes soon. KSUT News will be reporting on the many initiatives found on this year's ballot. Today, reporter Sarah Flower speaks with representatives from Durango School District 9R about Ballot Initiative 4A. 



Giuliana Day says the 22nd week of a woman’s pregnancy is an important milestone.

“That is over five months into the pregnancy when a baby is fully formed and is a fully alive human being, and we treat them like a human being,” Day said.

It’s also when Day says a fetus can survive outside the womb. Its why she says she is leading an effort to stop abortions after this phase unless the mother’s life is at risk because of her pregnancy. Day’s effort to get Proposition 115 on the ballot was boosted by several Catholic churches, which helped circulate petitions.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris meet tonight at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for their first and only debate of the campaign.

KSUT will carry NPR's special coverage from 7-9 PM. Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today will moderate.



Colorado voters got their first chance to see their U.S. Senate candidates face off in a debate Friday night, and the attacks started flying seconds after it started.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner entered the debate in Pueblo as an underdog trailing in every poll. He repeatedly attacked his Democratic opponent, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, for being fined by a state board for accepting free flights and other gifts in violation of Colorado’s ethics codes.

“You violated the (state) constitution, John,” Gardner said.

The forum, held Wednesday, September 30, 2020, featured Republican Joyce Rankin debating Dr. Mayling Simpson, Democrat. Rankin, the incumbent, was appointed to the position in 2015 and elected in 2016.

Of the 11 ballot questions Colorado voters will decide in November, Amendment B is by far the most complicated. It seeks to repeal a 38-year-old state law affecting how much residents must pay in property taxes.

If you own a home or commercial property, your bank account has been affected by the Gallagher Amendment in some way. Voters approved the amendment in 1982 to put more of the property tax burden on businesses, which must pay 55% of the state’s property taxes. Meanwhile, homeowners pay 45%.

Is the Electoral College Systemic Racism? Some Advocates and Experts Think So

Sep 30, 2020

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning.

Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Only eight states in the country have paid family leave programs for their workers.

This fall, voters have the option to make Colorado the ninth.

National security officials say the Kremlin is at it again: Just like in 2016, Russia is using social media to try to undermine the U.S. presidential election, only with even more sophisticated tools.

Test of Colorado Mail Finds Delivery is Timely - Most of the Time

Sep 29, 2020
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Reports of slower mail delivery times nationally and across Colorado since mid-summer are causing concern as more voters than ever plan to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 election, to avoid coronavirus exposure. But an unscientific experiment by the Colorado News Collaborative over the past month found little to be concerned about in the Centennial State.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

KSUT will carry NPR's special coverage of all three debates; the first this Tuesday from 7-9 PM from Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday will be the moderator. 

Democrats at the state Capitol have tried for several years to create a paid family and medical leave program, but concerns from small businesses and Gov. Jared Polis have kept it from becoming law.

Now the political battle is moving from the state Capitol to the ballot box, where voters will have the final say.

Kris Garcia, who has spent more than a decade advocating for stronger paid leave benefits, is attending virtual rallies and sharing his story about what life is like without family and medical leave programs.

Election 2020 Voter Resources

Sep 21, 2020

In Colorado, ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election will be mailed the week of October 9. Ballots should be returned by mail no later than October 26 or deposited into a 24-hour ballot drop box up until 7 pm on November 3.

For New Mexico, early voting begins October 6. The last day to mail an absentee ballot is October 20.

Dan Thompson says he has seen wolves at their best, and their worst.

As the big carnivore supervisor for Wyoming Fish and Game, Thompson has gotten to step within a few feet of a wolf after biologists prepared to tranquilize the animal in a trap.

“Just to see that yellow in the eyes and that little bark and howl, I mean, it kind of penetrates your soul quite honestly,” Thompson said last month from his home in Lander, Wyoming.

But on the flip side, Thompson says he has seen a more unflattering side of wolves.