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.

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(%)

Northwest

 

 
North Central

 

 

 
Northeast

 

 

 

 
West Central

 

 

 
Central

 

 

 

Eagle
Garfield
Rio Blanco
Routt

Boulder
Clear Creek
Gilpin
Grand
Larimer
Summit

Arapahoe
Logan
Morgan
Phillips
Sedgwich
Washington
Weld
Yuma

Delta
Gunnison
Mesa
Montrose
Pitkin

Chafee
Douglas
El Paso
Fremont
Jefferson
Lake
Park

Populist
Populist
Populist
Democratic

Populist
Populist
Populist
Republican
Populist
Populist

Republican
Republican
Republican
Republican
Populist
Republican
Populist
Populist

Populist
Populist
Populist
Populist
Populist

Populist
Republican
Republican
Populist
Republican
Republican
Populist

62
59
58
62

72
64
57
41
67
58

53
64
70
67
65
63
69
61

71
58
78
66
62

62
50
60
56
62
48
50

East Central

 

 

 

 
Southwest

 

 

 
South Central

 

 

 

 
Southeast

Cheyenne
Elbert
Kiowa
Kit Carson
Lincoln

Archuleta
Dolores
Hinsdale
La Plata
Mineral
Montezuma
Ouray
San Juan
San Miguel

Conejos
Costilla
Custer
Huerfano
Pueblo
Rio Grande
Saguache

Baca
Bent
Las Animas
Otero
Prowers

Republican
Democratic
Republican
Populist
Republican

Republican
Populist
Populist
Republican
Populist
Populist
Populist
Populist
Populist

Republican
Republican
Republican
Republican
Republican
Populist
Populist

Democratic
Populist
Democratic
Populist
Republican

68
52
68
65
44

45
66
73
36
66
71
59
60
52

35
16
48
28
43
68
57

56
72
26
64
67

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Acknowledgments: Suzanne M. Marilley, Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1820-1920 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996).