AP Election Update | Anticipations for Colorado’s Referendum

by Chloe Baker
Colorado ballot measures

In the forthcoming ballot measure election on Tuesday, electorates in Colorado will make decisions on two statewide initiatives that could have implications for their finances and the state’s budget.

Proposition HH is a proposal that seeks voter approval for the state to retain a certain amount of excess tax revenue, which, under the current state constitution, is mandated to be refunded to taxpayers. This proposition, in turn, offers a reduction in property tax rates for a decade. The state’s retained funds would be allocated towards educational and rent support initiatives. This measure has been put forward by the Democratic Governor Jared Polis alongside Democratic legislators.

Proposition II, on the other hand, proposes that the state continue to use $23.7 million in already collected tax proceeds from the sale of tobacco and nicotine products. This measure aims to preserve existing taxation levels on these items, channeling the funds into early childhood education programs.

Both measures are in response to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a constitutional amendment from 1992, which sets a requirement for surplus tax revenues to be refunded to the electorate based on a formula considering inflation and population growth and mandates that any tax hikes receive voter endorsement.

What to Expect:


The voting polls will be closed by 7 p.m. MST, corresponding to 9 p.m. EST.


Coverage of both statewide ballot measures, Proposition HH concerning property tax reductions and Proposition II related to the nicotine tax revenue, will be provided by The Big Big News.


Any registered Colorado voter is entitled to participate in this election. Voter registration is permitted up to and including on Election Day in person. Mail-in ballots are available to those who registered by the deadline of October 30.


The AP abstains from forecasting outcomes and will only announce a victor when the possibility of the opponent bridging the gap becomes non-existent. Should a result not be finalized, the AP will report significant occurrences, ensuring transparency that it has not concluded the results and providing justification.

In cases where a race’s margin is within 0.5% or less for the top two contenders, Colorado initiates an automatic recount. Even in recount-eligible instances, the AP may call the race if it ascertains that the leading margin is insurmountable by any recount or legal proceeding.


Colorado’s voter registration stands at 4.4 million as of last Wednesday, with Democrats at 26%, Republicans at 23%, and independents at 49%.

In the 2021 ballot measure, the turnout was roughly 1.6 million votes—32% from Democrats, 31% from Republicans, and 36% from independents.

Turnout tends to escalate during major election years in comparison to off-year elections. For instance, in 2020, the turnout was 75% for two ballot measures, a stark contrast to the 44% turnout in 2019.

Colorado conducts elections primarily by mail, with the option of in-person voting, which is less common. During the 2021 ballot measure vote, 99% voted by mail, with in-person votes constituting only 1%.

Before this Election Day, nearly 577,000 ballots had been cast, with Democrats accounting for 29%, Republicans 32%, and unaffiliated voters 38%.


During the 2022 general election for the governor’s seat, the AP commenced reporting at 9:07 p.m. EST, just minutes after the closure of polls, and concluded tabulation around 4:34 a.m. EST, having tallied approximately 75% of the total votes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Colorado ballot measures

What are Proposition HH and Proposition II in Colorado’s ballot measure election?

Proposition HH is a measure that allows the state to retain surplus tax revenue to lower property tax rates for ten years, with part of the funds allocated to education and rental assistance. Proposition II permits the state to use $23.7 million in tax revenue from tobacco and nicotine sales for preschool programs, maintaining the current tax rates on these products.

How does Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights affect these propositions?

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is a constitutional amendment that requires any surplus tax revenue to be refunded to taxpayers unless voter approval is given to retain and spend it. Both Proposition HH and II involve retaining surplus revenue which would otherwise be refunded under this amendment.

When will the polls close on election day in Colorado?

Polls in Colorado will close at 7 p.m. MST, which is 9 p.m. EST on election day.

Who is eligible to vote in the Colorado ballot measure election?

All registered voters in Colorado are eligible to vote. Registration can be done in person through Election Day, and mail ballots are available for those who registered by October 30.

Does the AP make election projections?

No, the AP does not make election projections. It will declare a winner only when it’s clear that the trailing candidates cannot close the gap.

What triggers an automatic recount in Colorado elections?

An automatic recount is triggered if the margin between the top two candidates is 0.5% or less of the leading candidate’s total vote count.

What was the voter registration distribution in Colorado as of the last update?

As of the last update, Colorado had 4.4 million registered voters: 26% Democrats, 23% Republicans, and 49% were unaffiliated with any political party.

What does the advance vote turnout indicate for the Colorado election?

Before Election Day, approximately 577,000 ballots were cast: 29% by Democrats, 32% by Republicans, and 38% by unaffiliated voters.

How long does the vote counting process usually take in Colorado?

In the 2022 general election for Colorado governor, initial results were reported seven minutes after polls closed, with about 75% of the votes counted by 4:34 a.m. EST.

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Mike Rutherford November 6, 2023 - 7:53 pm

so when are we gonna see the actual results? feels like counting votes takes forever these days, just sitting here biting my nails…

Jeremy_Clark88 November 7, 2023 - 6:27 am

Does anyone actually read the Taxpayer Bill of Rights? its like they make these things as confusing as possible on purpose lol

Sandra T November 7, 2023 - 10:27 am

i heard about these propositions but whats the deal with prop HH Is it actually good for us or just another way to increase taxes in disguise?

Elle_Martinez November 7, 2023 - 11:37 am

gotta say, the AP not making projections is kinda refreshing, too much speculation out there with elections, just give us the facts, right?


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