Cedaredge voters casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election expressed strong hope for improved Internet service, but little desire for higher taxes.
The county elections department reported there were 671 votes cast on the town's healthy living lifestyles tax proposal. Of those, 377 voted "no" and 294 voted "for," and the question lost by 83 votes; or, by 12.36 percent (56.18 percent opposed to 43.82 in favor).
The town's voters approved the "opt-out" ballot measure by a wide margin, as did other voters across the county. The Cedaredge totals were 74.59 percent for, and 25.41 against. The opt-out measure is seen as a step in a lengthy process that has promised voters it will eventually bring inexpensive broadband Internet access to homes and businesses.
Opt-out measures were on the ballots of four other county municipalities, and the questions appeared as a referred measure on a countywide question also. The measures passed by big percentages elsewhere in the county, similar to those registered by Cedaredge voters.
There were no election returns separated out for Orchard City. That is because the town did not have any questions on the ballot. Therefore, all of the vote totals for Orchard City are included in the overall county totals.
According to the county elections department, there were 1,328 ballots mailed to active voters who are Cedaredge residents. Of those, 679 were returned and another three Cedaredge residents cast their votes in person at the county's early voting terminals. That's a total of 682 votes cast out of 1,328 ballots mailed, or a voter participation rate of 51.3 percent for Cedaredge's voters.
This is much higher than for the countywide election.There were 20,664 registered voters countywide; with 7,964 ballots cast; which is a voter response rate of 38.54 percent.
Jill Jurca and Pete Blair were elected to the school board, and a state question, Proposition BB, was approved by county voters.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.