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.
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
____________________________________________________________________ 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
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
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
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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