Last chance to register

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Only registered voters will have a chance to weigh in on the presidential race, the congressional campaign, whether Colorado should legalize marijuana and a number of local contests.

Voters who have a Colorado driver’s license or state identification card can register online at the secretary of state’s website

The website also lets people confirm their registration status or update it if they have moved.

Voters can also register at the county clerk’s office, 140 W. Main St. in Cortez for Montezuma County or 409 North Main St. in Dove Creek for Dolores County.

Both presidential campaigns and many other political groups have been making a hard push to register as many voters as they can before today’s deadline. The Obama campaign turned to musicians Jon Bon Jovi and and “Harold and Kumar” actor Kal Penn to visit Colorado and prod young voters to register last week.

The voter registration drives are paying off, but maybe not in the way partisans would like. Since the 2008 presidential election, the numbers of registered Republicans and Democrats are each up by about 7 percent. But the ranks of unaffiliated voters have swelled by 17 percent, Nearly 187,000 Coloradans registered to vote since 2008 but rejected any party.

The much-smaller Libertarian Party has nearly doubled its ranks, from 11,000 in 2008 to 21,000 last month, in the most recent numbers reported by the secretary of state’s office.