LIVE UPDATES: 2019 Election Day in Routt County
Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout Election Day with the latest election news and results. View full election results and a recap of all the ballot measures and candidates at SteamboatPilot.com/election.
10:30 p.m. Voter turnout in Routt County for the 2019 Election was 45.10 percent with 8,903 ballots cast out of 19,740 registered voters, according to the election summary report issued by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office. Turnout was considerably higher than the last coordinated election in 2017 when only 36 percent of registered voters turned in a ballot.
10:20 p.m. Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure Tuesday asking if the state could keep tax revenue that otherwise would be refunded under limits set by the state constitution.
10:05 p.m. Statewide Proposition DD is still too close to call, and could potentially be heading for a recount.
10:05 p.m. Voters overwhelmingly supported annexation of the Salida School District into Colorado Mountain College’s taxing district boundary Tuesday.
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9:55 p.m. Jason Lacy has been re-elected to Steamboat Springs City Council.
9:45 p.m. With 60% of the vote, voters approved ballot measure 2A to fund fire rescue and EMS.
9:15 p.m. Jason Lacy wins the only contested Steamboat Springs City Council Race, garnering 70% of the vote over challenger George Krawzoff. Chresta Brinkman, Lara Craig, Kelly Latterman and Kim Brack have been elected to the Steamboat Springs School Board, joining Katy Lee to make it an all female school board.
9:10 p.m. All local ballot measures passed, pending a potential recount for Measure 4C upon further ballot verification. Measure 2A passes handily with approval from 61% of voters.
9 p.m.: Final results are in…
8 p.m.: Proposition CC, which would allow the state government to keep all of the money it collects from existing sources every year over the existing revenue limit and spend the money for public schools, higher education and transportation projects, rather than refund it to taxpayers, is trailing statewide. In Routt County, however, preliminary results indicate that 4,720 people have voted in favor of the measure while 3,392 voted against it.
Proposition DD, which would legalize sports betting and authorize a state tax on casinos’ net sports betting proceeds with 90 percent of revenue collected to be used to create a dedicated source of the funding for the Colorado Water Plan, is losing narrowly statewide. But locally, 4,671 voters have voted to approve the measure as 3,400 voted against it in preliminary results.
7:10 p.m. First set of results have been released by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder, representing about 42% of total registered voters.
Jason Lacy leads George Krawzoff, 2,370 votes to 1,004 votes for the 2-year at-large seat on Steamboat Springs City Council.
In the race for the four-year term on the Steamboat Springs School Board, Lara Craig is leading with 3,224 votes, followed by Kelly Latterman with 3,038 votes and Kim Brack with 2,073 votes.
Chresta Brinkman is currently leading Andrew Heppelmann for the two-year seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board, 2,830 votes to 1,283 votes.
The city’s ballot issue 2A, a two-mill property tax levy to support EMS and fire rescue, is looking favorable to pass with 2,705 votes cast in favor of the issue and 1,734 votes against.
Measure 4A, a mill levy to increase salaries for Steamboat Springs School District faculty and staff, is looking positive to pass with 4,294 votes in favor and 2,349 votes against. Votes for Measures 4B and 4C are close. 4B, a mill levy to provide operational support for new pre-K to eighth grade school facility and other facilities, currently has 3,311 votes cast in favor and 3,285 votes against and 4C, a $79.5 million bond initiative to fund construction of a new pre-K to eighth-grade school, has 3,283 votes in favor and 3,301 against.
These results are preliminary.
7 p.m. Polls are now closed. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner estimates that around 8,700 ballots were received in today’s election.
6:20 p.m. Steamboat Pilot & Today reporters Eleanor Hasenbeck and Shelby Reardon are headed to the historic Routt County Courthouse to wait for tonight’s election results. Stay tuned.
4:30 p.m. The Colorado Secretary of State’s office reported that 1,117,627 ballots have been returned so far to county clerks in today’s coordinated election across the state.
11:30 a.m. A total of 6,669 election ballots have been received so far by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office, according to Sara Williams, elections coordinator. That’s nearing the 6,968 total ballots received in the most recent coordinated election in 2017. Williams said the office cannot begin reporting results until 7 p.m., and she expects the first round of results to come shortly after that time.
6:45 a.m. Tuesday: Happy Election Day. If you haven’t turned in your ballot yet, you have until 7 p.m. tonight to drop it off at the drop box behind the Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. You can also drop your ballot off at the Clark Store, Hayden Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall. Those drop-off locations will only be open until 5 p.m. If you’d prefer to vote in person, want a replacement ballot or need to register to vote, visit the voter service and polling center in the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.
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