LIVE UPDATES: 2018 Election Day in Routt County |

LIVE UPDATES: 2018 Election Day in Routt County

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2:50 p.m. After all the ballots were counted, 13,554 voters, or about 77 percent of Routt County’s active registered voters cast their ballots. That’s the highest midterm election voter turnout in Routt County in at least 20 years.

12:38 a.m. All the ballots are counted. Find the final results here:

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 

Melton wins Routt County commissioner’s race

Steamboat voters ground sales tax to support commercial air program

11:23 p.m. Routt County voters to have elected Garrett Wiggins to serve another four years as sheriff in a tight race against Democratic challenger Kristin Bantle.

Wiggins beats Bantle in sheriff’s race

10:48 p.m. Voters approved giving more financial support to both the West Routt and Yampa fire protection districts.

Voters approve additional financial support for West Routt, Yampa fire districts

10:36 p.m. Hayden and South Routt voters approved property tax referendums 4A and 5A, both of which provide funds for their respective school districts.

Voters approve property tax referendums for South Routt, Hayden schools

10:22 p.m. Steamboat voters approved Referendum 2B with more than 85 percent of the vote, renewing the half-cent education sales tax for 10 more years.

Steamboat voters renew education sales tax by huge margin

10:08 p.m. Early results for the college’s district – which includes Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Routt and Summit counties – showed the measure winning with more than 70 percent support.

Colorado Mountain College wins tax revenue proposal

10:06 p.m. With 940 ballots left to count, Democratic challenger Beth Melton is leading incumbent Republican Cari Hermacinski in the race for Routt County commissioner. Melton has 6,549 votes to Hermacinski’s 5,598 — a difference of 951 votes.

9:57 p.m. Statewide Colorado voters cast more than 980,000 ballots in favor of Amendment X and almost 635,000 ballots against the measure.

Definition of industrial hemp to be removed from state constitution

Y and Z pass by 3-to-1 margin

9:50 p.m. Residents of Colorado will find a different format for judge retention questions in future elections thanks to voters’ approval of Amendment W.

Judge retention questions on ballot to get simplified

9:05 p.m. The Associated Press and the Denver Post have called the race for 3rd Congressional District. With 80 percent of the vote counted, Republican incumbent Scott Tipton has retained his seat with 135,801 votes and 52.8 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Diane Mitsch Bush collected 109,819 votes. Gaylon Kent, the Libertarian candidate from Hayden, earned 3,877 votes.

9 p.m. Jared Polis is Colorado’s next governor.

Jared Polis claims historic win over Walker Stapleton to become Colorado’s next governor

8:50 p.m. See the latest preliminary results here:

8:45 p.m. The Denver Post has called the 3rd Congressional District race for Scott Tipton with 53 percent of the vote:–HouseDistrict-3/6615  


8:31 p.m. Early returns show Roberts is leading Mills by healthy margin in Routt and Eagle counties.

Roberts leads Mills in Colorado House District 26 race

8:22 p.m. With 56 percent reporting, incumbent 3rd District Congressmen Scott Tipton is leading former Democratic State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush 52 to 44 percent, with Tipton tallying 103,622 votes and Mitsch Bush with 87,689.

Mitsch Bush easily won in Routt County while Tipton is currently leading in the District.

8:12 p.m. Fire district mill levy adjustments — Referendum 6G, Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District, 1,551 in favor, 795 against; Referendum 6E, West Routt Fire Protection District, 415 votes in favor, 492 votes against; Referendum 6F Oak Creek Fire Protection District 522 in favor, 278 against; Referendum 6C, Yampa Fire Protection District, 223 in favor, 231 against.

8:03 p.m. South Routt School District voters are supporting Referendum 5A, a new mill levy to support increased teacher salaries, by a two-to-one margin with 926 votes cast in favor of 5A and 401 against.

8 p.m. Hayden results — The race for Hayden mayor is extremely close with Tim Redmond leading Ashley McMurray 300 votes to 278. According to the Routt County Clerk’s Office, votes from the Hayden drop-off box have not been counted.

The Hayden School District mill levy renewal, Referendum 4A, is currently leading by a vote of two-to-one with 684 votes cast in favor of the measure, 367 against.

7:54 p.m. Referendum 2B — Preliminary results show voters overwhelmingly supporting Referendum 2B, renewal of a half-cent city of Steamboat Springs sales tax to support education. The measure has tallied 5,386 “yes” votes and 887 “no” votes.

Referendum 2A — Opponents of the sales tax to support the commercial airline program, known as 2A, are currently leading proponents with 3,296 votes cast against the measure and 2,982 in favor.

7:25 p.m. Routt County early election results are in. With 11,754 votes cast, Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush leads Republican Scott Tipton 7,366 votes to 4,030 in the 3rd Congressional District race.

In the race for state representative, District 26, Democrat Dylan Roberts is leading Republican Nicki Mills 7,178 votes to 4,014.

For Routt County commissioner, Democrat challenger Beth Melton is leading Republican incumbent Cari Hermacinski 6,210 votes to 5,356.

The Routt County Sheriff’s race is close with Republican Garrett Wiggins having a slight edge of 5,991 votes to Democrat Kristin Bantle’s 5,432 votes.

7 p.m. The polls are officially closed. We’re expecting the first round of results in the next 30 minutes or so.

6:30 p.m. According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, 12,438 ballots have been received in Routt County as of 6 p.m. Of that total, 4,152 were cast by Democrats and 3,330 were cast by Republicans.

6 p.m. One hour to go. Polls close across the state at 7 p.m.

Election judges, including Ruth Ann Mewborn, process ballots Tuesday at the Routt County Courthouse. (Photo by John F. Russell)

5:33 p.m. For all the procrastinators out there, head to to read about the candidates and ballot issues before you head to the polls.

5:08 p.m. It’s not too late to register to vote. Head to the Routt County Courthouse, Hayden Town Hall or Oak Creek Town Hall with your ID.

4:47 p.m. Lines are starting to grow at the Routt County Courthouse, where voters are waiting about 30 to 45 minutes to cast their ballots.

Brittany Dick reviews her choices as she waits to vote at the Routt County Courthouse annex during Tuesday’s election. (Photo by John F. Russell)

4:21 p.m. Want to vote in person? Polls are open until 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Routt County Courthouse Annex, Trout Creek Conference Room, 136 Sixth St.
  • Hayden Town Hall, 178 West Jefferson Ave.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

3:41 p.m. You have until 7 p.m. to drop your ballot off in Steamboat, Hayden or Oak Creek:

  • Routt County Courthouse dropbox in alley between the courthouse and annex buildings.
  • Hayden Town Hall, 178 West Jefferson Ave.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

2:53 p.m. As of 2:33 p.m. Tuesday, 11,829 voters, or about 68 percent of Routt County’s active registered voters had cast their ballots. That’s in line with past midterm election voter turnout in Routt County, which has ranged from 56 to 72 percent over the past two decades.

2 p.m. You have until 5 p.m. to drop your ballot off in Clark or Yampa:

  • Clark Store, 54175 Routt County Road 129
  • Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln St.

7 a.m. Happy Election Day! The following Routt County polling places are open until 7 p.m.:

  • Routt County Courthouse Annex, Trout Creek Conference Room, 136 Sixth St.
  • Hayden Town Hall, 178 West Jefferson Ave.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

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