Voters swarm to election in Routt County
Routt County midterm voters
How Routt County voted in statewide races and ballot issues
United State Senator
Mark Udall 53.9%, 5,582 votes
Cory Gardner 41.2%, 4,101 votes
U.S. Congress District 3
Scott Tipton 50%, 4,817 votes
Abel Tapia 44.5%, 4.287 votes
Bob Beauprez/Jill Repella 38.5%, 3,843 votes
John Hickenlooper/Joe Garcia 57.9%, 5,779 votes
Secretary of State
Joe Neguse 51%, 4,774 votes
Wayne Williams 42.1%, 3,936 votes
Walker Stapleton 44.9%, 4,183 votes
Betsy Markey 50.2%, 4,676 votes
Don Quick 47.2%, 4,376 votes
Cynthia Coffman 47%, 4,352 votes
State Board of Education, District 3
Henry C. Roman 50.6%, 4,411 votes
Marcia Neal 49.4%, 4,302 votes
Proposition 104: Board of Education open meetings
Yes 65.1%, 6,207 votes
No 34.7%, 3,322 votes
Proposition 105: GMO labeling
Yes 40.1%, 3,963 votes
No 59.9%, 5,929 votes
Amendment 67: Personhood
Yes 22.6%, 2,203 votes
No 77.4%, 7,544 votes
Amendment 68: Racetrack gambling
Yes 26%, 2,203 votes
No 74%, 7,295
Steamboat Springs — The 2014 election was (almost) entirely mail in, and by the time Election Day dawned, nearly 75 percent of the 10,581 voters who would vote had made their choices and submitted their ballots.
Still, the morning and afternoon were busy with a steady stream filing into the Voter Service and Polling Center in Steamboat Springs, reporting lost ballots or ballots that never arrived in the mail.
None of that fazed Kay Weinland, Routt County clerk of 20 years.
“It went very smooth,” she said. “We had an awesome turnout, which I always love.”
This miderm election likely drew more Routt County voters than any such midterm election ever has.
The 10,581 votes counted Tuesday night were down from the 13,420 in 2012, a year bolstered by a presidential election. It was up compared to the 9,090 who cast ballots in 2010 and up compared to the 8,000 who voted in 2006 and the 7,650 who voted in 2002.
In 2002, the county voted heavily for Republicans in three major races.
Plenty has changed in Routt County, however, and this year, it continued a trend of heavily supporting Democrats, 53 to 41 percent in the U.S. Senate race between Mark Udall and Cory Gardner, 61 to 33 percent behind John Hickenlooper for governor and 56 to 41 percent to keep Diane Mitsch Bush as the local District 26 representative in the Colorado House.
There was one larger race that went against that tide — the fight for Colorado’s 3rd District for the U.S. House, as Republican incumbent Scott Tipton carried Routt for the first time in three tries.
There were also smaller races that went Republican, including Brita Horn for county treasurer and Rob Ryg for county coroner.
Weinland said none of those results meant a lot to her, at least not as the hours ticked away Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, it was about getting the work done.
Workers traded stories as they went into the night.
One year, a man showed up at 7:03 p.m. and was angry that he wasn’t allowed to vote.
Another year, the cops had to be called in a similar situation.
About 1 percent of ballots come in without a signature. The voter is notified by mail and has eight days to rectify the problem, but most never do.
One person a few elections ago, apparently with a bit too much old mail sitting around the house, submitted a ballot for the previous year’s election.
It was not counted.
Tuesday was a Steamboat election. With 30 minutes remaining before the 7 p.m. deadline, a cyclist glided up to the outside dropbox to deposit one vote. Two voters strolled in to vote 15 minutes ahead of the deadline with a dog at their side.
At 6:53 p.m., one of the final voters, panting, rushed through the door, and as the final moments ticked away — everything suddenly quiet and peaceful — election staffers debated whether they should lock up when their cellphones or their computers said 7 p.m.
The day’s final vote went to “computer.”
The fun wasn’t over. It took four more hours of tabulating for the county to publish its preliminary results, and work — potentially critical work, as at least one race is incredibly close — awaits Wednesday.
Weinland is retiring, and this was her final election. At 10:32 p.m., it was over.
“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I’m relieved, but I have a lump in my throat.”
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