Voter turnout approaches 90%
By Pat Sunderland
Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:39 am
It was nearly midnight before election officials in Delta County finished tallying ballots cast in the Nov. 8 election.
Voter turnout started out strong and ended even stronger, with 143 residents registering to vote on Election Day. Rene Loy Maas, county elections supervisor, said 759 votes were cast in person at the three polling centers open for Election Day.
"Some people had to wait in line," Maas said, "but for the most part we were able to filter them through in 15 to 20 minutes."
Overall, voter turnout approached the "remarkable" level of 89 percent. Maas calculated that percentage by taking the number of active voters (19,661) and dividing by the number of ballots cast (17,490).
The election database statewide went down briefly on Election Day, but Maas said the system was back up and running in about 30 minutes.
Orchard City voters also experienced a unique snafu when they went to govote
colorado.com to check the status of their ballots. Ballots could only be found using the zip code of 81414; the zip codes for 81418 (Eckert) and 81410 (Austin) would not produce results. Maas said she is working to rectify that problem.
Maas recognized county staff and election judges for their "exemplary dedication and determination.
"Our county staff and election judges did an outstanding job on Election Day," she said. "We certainly would not have had such a successful election without each and everyone of them."
The Colorado Secretary of State's office broke down returned ballots by party affiliations. For Delta County, the top three were Democrats, 3,271; unaffiliated, 5002; and Republicans, 8,775. The county's conservative voters boosted Republican counts in every county, state and federal race.
County voters diverged from state trends with one amendment and one proposition. Delta County voters said no to Amendment 70, which increases the state minimum wage. That amendment pased on a 55-45 percent margin statewide.
Proposition 108 -- changing the primary election process to allow unaffiliated voters to participate -- passed statewide by a 54-47 percent margin. In Delta County, 53 percent of voters were against that measure.
Delta County Unofficial
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (DEM) 4,048
Donald Trump/Michael Pence (REP) 11,584
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (LBR) 466
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (GRN) 250
Michael Bennet (DEM) 4,876
Darryl Glenn (REP) 10,903
U.S. Representative - District 3
Scott Tipton (REP) 11,191
Gail Schwartz (DEM) 4,698
State Board of Education - District 3
Joyce Rankin (REP) 11,656
Christine Pacheco-Koveleski (DEM) 4,124
Regent of the University of Colorado - At Large
Alice Madden (DEM) 4,412
Heidi Ganahl (REP) 10,883
State Representative - District 54
Yeulin Willett (REP) 3,851
Gilbert Fuller (LBR) 992
State Representative - District 61
Bob Schutt (REP) 7,694
Millie Hamner (DEM) 3,352
District Attorney - 7th Judicial District
Dan Hotsenpiller (DEM) 8,779
Delta County Commissioner - District 2
Don Suppes (REP) 10,727
Travis Mills (DEM) 2,934
Mark Eckhart (UAF) 2,734
Delta County Commissioner - District 3
Jere Lowe (DEM) 4,263
J. Mark Roeber (REP) 11,962
Town of Crawford Ballot Issue 2A
Delta County Ambulance District Issue 5A