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Routt County saw strong voter turnout in Tuesday’s election

A small crowd gathers around as the final election results are posted at the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Shelby Reardon

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County voters hit the polls harder than the rest of the state.

Of the county’s 19,740 registered voters, 8,903 cast ballots in Tuesday’s coordinated election, meaning 45.1% of voters participated, according to data from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. This is higher than the statewide voter turnout of 40.5%, according to data from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

In the 2017 coordinated election, 36% of Routt County voters turned out, and in the 2015 coordinated election, 43% voted.

About 45.4% of city voters, 4,835 out of 10,652, cast ballots in the municipal election that included the Steamboat Springs City Council election and ballot measure 2A, a 2-mill property tax to fund fire and emergency services.

The Steamboat Springs School District, which had a bond issue, two mill levies and several school board candidate races on the ballot, saw higher voter turnout of 47.3% with 7,191 ballots out of 15,199 cast.

“It was pretty darn good for a coordinated election year,” said Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner. “We typically are more close to 35% to 40% in years like this, and it was close to 50%. I thought that was good.”

While most of the ballots have been counted, Bonner said about 125 to 150 could still be outstanding.

Some of those outstanding ballots were returned to voters to correct missing signatures or signatures that don’t match what is on file at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Those voters have until Thursday, Nov. 14, to fix voting errors on those ballots.

In the coming weeks, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office will also complete a risk limiting audit required by the state.

“We’re already preparing for the March 3 (2020) election,” Bonner said. “We’ve submitted plans to the secretary of state — our mail ballot plan and our security plan. Elections start well before the election date, and they go beyond that, too.”

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.


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