Ballots for the Feb. 7 election to recall Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth will arrive in mail boxes as early as Jan. 18. Delta County chief deputy clerk Rene Loy Maas said the county expects to mail out ballots the week of Jan 17. Voters have one choice for a replacement, Gill Saunders, and can choose to vote or not vote for Saunders regardless of how they voted on the recall question, said Loy. Should voters pass the recall, Saunders will become the new mayor.
Ballots are due no later than 7 p.m. on election day. A ballot drop-off box will be at Crawford Town Hall beginning Jan. 18. A drop-off box is also available at the Delta County North Fork Annex, 196 W. Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss, which is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Ballots can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The annex and Crawford Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.
Crawford residents not registered to vote have until the day of the election to register in order to vote in the election. Registrants must have been a resident of the state for no less than 22 days.
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.