Colorado elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Colorado held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (7 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (20 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (65 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (3 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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Elections by type

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state senate.

Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 19
     Republican Party 15 16
Total 35 35

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintain partisan control in the state house.

Colorado House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 32 37
     Republican Party 33 28
Total 65 65

See also: Colorado 2012 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 64 Marijuana Legalize recreational use of marijuana with regulations. Approveda
AQ Amendment 65 Elections Set policy on prohibiting corporate contributions and expenditures in elections. Approveda
LRCA Amendment S Admin. of gov't. Change aspects to the state personnel system. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Colorado was one of 20 states to use a closed primary system.[1] The deadline to register to vote in the 2012 primary election was May 29, 2012.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 29 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 8.[3]

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Colorado resident and have lived in current precinct for at least 30 days before the election[4]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


As Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system, there is no need for absentee ballots.[5]


To vote with a mail-in ballot, the application must be received by the election office at least seven days prior to the election. A returned ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Colorado is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before a primary election and 15 days before a general election and ends on the day prior to Election Day.[6] The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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