News, Analysis and Opinion for the Informed Boulder Resident
Wednesday August 21st 2019

Support the Blue Line

Subscribe to the Blue Line

That's what she said

city council transportation energy municipalization xcel housing urban planning april fools bicycles climate action election 2011 density boulder county affordable housing open space election agriculture renewables CU local food climate change election 2013 development jefferson parkway youth pedestrian election 2015 preservation Rocky Flats election 2017 recreation BVSD immigration mountain bikes boards and commissions GMOs decarbonization urban design transit fracking plan boulder farming fires wildlife planning board colorado politics architecture downtown smart regs new era colorado land use natural gas plutonium homeless journalism transit village parking commuting ghgs radioactive waste rental taxes height limits coal historic preservation walkability energy efficiency april fools 2015 Neighborhoods zoning population growth diversity historic district flood students growth North Boulder gardens arts education election 2018 solar bus election 2010 University Hill water supply nutrition RTD bike lane electric utility library safety sprawl groundwater water quality election 2012 affairs of the heart april fools 2016 renewable energy organic flood plain planning reserve mayor zero waste blue line wetlands county commissioners hogan-pancost politics electric vehicle hazardous waste transportation master plan obama longmont ballot right-sizing street design golden Mapleton solar panels PV climate smart loan recycling comprehensive plan diagonal plaza bears colorado legislature flood mitigation campaign finance congestion conservation easement food epa boulder junction pesticide drought oil flooding inequality election 2016 road diet planning bus rapid transit commercial development daily camera climate change deniers automobile PUC children ecocycle community cycles BVCP Newlands community league of women voters wind power public health ken wilson david miller sam weaver civil rights mlk west tsa crime public spaces city attorney boulder creek al bartlett marijuana green points technology EV Orchard Grove Whittier arizona

The Power of GOTV


By

Intense, last minute, get-out-the-vote efforts led by New Era Colorado may have saved the day for proponents of Ballot Issues 2B and 2C.  Early returns showed both measures failing, but as the evening progressed, the margins narrowed until both measures ultimately prevailed.  Here’s how the returns progressed throughout the evening:

Timeline of Ballot Issue 2B returns

Timeline of Ballot Issue 2C returns

Curious that there might be a correlation between late voting and late counting, I asked the Boulder County Clerk’s office if they had any information about which votes were counted when.  According to them, the early returns (7:00 p.m.) were primarily pre-Election Day votes, but not entirely.  Between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. the returns were a mix of pre-Election Day and Election Day votes.  From 10:00 p.m. on, all of the new returns reported were votes cast on Election Day.

On Ballot Issue 2B, prior to 10:00 p.m. 48.9% of the votes were “For”; after 10:00 p.m., 57.1% of the additional votes counted were “For.”  On Ballot Issue 2C, pre-10:00 p.m. votes were 50.3% “For”; after 10:00 p.m., 58.8% were “For.”

Building on the weeks, months and years of sustained efforts by RenewablesYes volunteers*, New Era applied the last push that put the measures over the top.  According to New Era Executive Director Steve Fenberg, in the 72 hours prior to the election they made 15,000 voter contacts.  On Election Day, they had 65 people making phone calls, knocking on doors, and picking up ballots from people who were sick or unable to make it to the drop off centers.  Many of those volunteers worked up until 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday.  Pitching in with New Era were folks from RenewablesYes, Boulder Clean Energy Business Coalition, and “countless other committed individuals.”

“It really was a great ‘community coming together’ moment yesterday,” said Fenberg.


Correction:  this sentence was changed to remove the organization name Clean Energy Action

 

Rate this article: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 4.20 out of 5)
Loading...

Reader Feedback

2 Responses to “The Power of GOTV”

  1. mark gerwing says:

    In Chicago at least, it is common courtesy for the deceased, to not start counting their votes until after midnight.

  2. […] local blog powerfully demonstrated the impact of New Era’s get out the vote efforts. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. […]

What do you think? Leave a comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.