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Early Voting Underway in Battleground Colorado

Kirk Siegler

Early voting is now underway in Colorado; a key swing state that pundits say could help determine the outcome of the presidential election. 

An overwhelming majority of Coloradans are expected to cast their votes prior to Election Day, and while there was no line Monday outside a polling station in downtown Denver, there was a fairly steady stream of early voters. 

For first time early voter Kole Sun, of Denver, it was about convenience.

"I’m going to be working during the election, so I just decided to vote early," he said.

Nearby, Sandra Cochran said she's become a regular early voter, adding it gives working people like her more flexibility to make sure their votes are counted.

"It is a very critical Election, I think it’s going to determine where we’re going to end up in the next four years," Cochran said. "We have the opportunity to vote early, so there’s no reason not to get out there and vote and make sure your vote is counted."

Voting by mail began in Colorado last week, and while early voting is sometimes seen to favor Democrats, state officials say about two thousand more Republicans have voted early so far.

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.
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