Document 23: Election Results of the 1893 Colorado Equal Suffrage Referendum, from “To the Women of Colorado: The Record of the Parties on the Equal Suffrage Amendment,” November 1893, State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Colorado, reprinted in Suzanne M. Marilley, Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1820-1920 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996), pp. 149-50.

Introduction

       Woman suffrage was won in Colorado in 1893 with 55 percent of the vote. 35,798 Colorado voters cast ballots in favor of the referendum, while 29,551 opposed the measure. This table breaks down the election results by region, county, and party, revealing where the geographical and party support for women’s enfranchisement existed.

Region County Party Pro-Woman
Suffrage Vote(%)
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 Northwest Eagle Populist 62
  Garfield Populist 59
  Rio Blanco Populist 58
  Routt Democratic 62
       
North Central Boulder Populist 72
  Clear Creek Populist 64
  Gilpin Populist 57
  Grand Republican 41
  Larimer Populist 67
  Summit Populist 58
       
Northeast

Arapahoe

Republican 53
  Logan Republican 64
  Morgan Republican 70
  Phillips Republican 67
  Sedgwich Populist 65
  Washington Republican 63
  Weld Populist 69
  Yuma Populist 61
       
West Central Delta Populist 71
  Gunnison Populist 58
  Mesa Populist 78
  Montrose Populist 66
  Pitkin Populist 62
       
Central Chafee Populist 62
  Douglas Republican 50
  El Paso Republican 60
  Fremont Populist 56
  Jefferson Republican 62
  Lake Republican 48

Park

Populist

50

       
East Central Cheyenne Republican 68
  Elbert Democratic 52
  Kiowa Republican 68
  Kit Carson Populist 65
  Lincoln Republican 44
       
Southwest Archuleta Republican 45
  Dolores Populist 66
  Hinsdale Populist 73
  La Plata Republican 36
  Mineral Populist 66
  Montezuma Populist 71
  Ouray Populist 59
  San Juan Populist 60
  San Miguel Populist 52
       
South Central Conejos Republican 35
  Costilla Republican 16
  Custer Republican 48
  Huerfano Republican 28
  Pueblo Republican 43
  Rio Grande Populist 68
  Saguache Populist 57
       
Southeast Baca Democratic 56
  Bent Populist 72
  Las Animas Democratic 26
  Otero Populist 64

Prowers

Republican

67

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       Source: "To the Women of Colorado: The Record of the Parties on the Equal Suffrage Amendment," November 1893. State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Colorado.

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