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Why almost no one is voting in Colorado

Polls opened in Colorado to unseasonably mild weather, but not much demand.

With a strong tradition of early voting -- 1.9 million ballots have already been cast here, almost two thirds of the electorate -- day-of voting is left to the procrastinators and the traditionalists.

"I always vote on Election Day," said Lydia Leon, coming out of the Thorton Civic Center in the Denver suburbs, where there was no-waiting voting. "When I grew up, it was a big deal. My dad used to take us all every four years so we could 'put in our two cents', as he would say."

Leon, a Southwest Airlines employee, has come with her husband Leonard and their grandson Isaiah. Usually they cancel each other out, as they did in 2008, when she voted for Obama and he for John McCain. But this year, she made them a solid red family, voting Republican for the first time in her life.

She blames the president's health care law for a jump in the family's insurance premium, and the poor economy that has her sons working multiple jobs.

"This year, I had to agree with my husband,' she said. "Things didn't work out the way I wanted."

Isaiah, 4, remains a hold-out. "I voted for Obamee," he said, opening his hoodie to show an I Voted sticker.

Steve Hendrix came to The Post more than ten years ago from the world of magazine freelancing and has written for just about every page of the paper: Travel, Style, the Magazine, Book World, Foreign, National and, most recently, the Metro section’s Enterprise Team.



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