Almost 1,000 Coloradans sign up as part of National Voter Registration Day

Celebrating National Voter Registration Day at Civic Center Park were, from left to right, Alton Dillard, spokesman for Denver Elections; former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson; Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state; and Debra Johnson, Denver clerk and recorder. (SOS photo by Julia Sunny)

More than 900 Coloradans signed up to vote one week ago today, National Voter Registration Day, and almost half of them chose to be unaffiliated.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his deputy, Suzanne Staiert, made media appearances as part of NVRD and some election offices, such as Arapahoe, El Paso and Denver counties, hosted registration events.

In all, 953 people registered to vote in Colorado on Sept. 26, according to Secretary of State data released Monday. Of that, 454 registered as unaffiliated, 285 as Democrat, 190 as Republican and the rest were third-party members. The five top counties with the most registrants were:

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams appears on “Good Morning Colorado” with anchors Megan Kelly and Kirk Yuhnke to talk about voter registration and participation. (SOS photo)

El Paso: 139

Denver: 128

Arapahoe: 113

Larimer: 100

Jefferson: 81

In addition, Boulder County registered 63 people and Adams and Douglas counties each registered 61.

The National Association of Secretaries of State in 2012 designated September as National Voter Registration Month with the fourth Tuesday in September set as National Voter Registration Day to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting.

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National Voter Registration Day big success in Colorado

 Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks about voter registration on CBS4. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks about voter registration on CBS4. (SOS photo)

Efforts to urge Coloradans to do their civic duty were highlighted throughout the state Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave radio interviews and made TV appearances starting Monday to remind residents of the importance of registering to vote — and updating voting registrations. Colorado is a mail-ballot state and the post office will not forward your ballot. (Go to GoVoteColorado.com to make sure you are current.)

Currently there are 3 million active voters in Colorado, according to figures collected by the Secretary of State through August. September’s numbers are expected to be released next week.

Here’s a look at some of the coverage of voter registration throughout Colorado:

CBS4: Reporter Shaun Boyd melded the days event with a Coloradan registering to vote for the first time at a booth at Civic Center Park and Williams’ interview with Boyd and her colleague, Alan Gionet, for example. She pointed out Colorado has the highest percentage of registered voters in the United States. The story.

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