On Tuesday, the final day to vote in Colorado's primary election, the secretary of state reports that 3,161 Republican and 1,272 Democratic ballots had been returned in Delta County. This year, with the passage of Proposition 108 in 2016, active unaffiliated voters received ballots for both the Democratic and Republican parties in the mail. Just 19 ballots were rejected because the voter returned more than one ballot. Unaffiliated voters had returned 576 Republican ballots and 341 Democrat ballots, as of early Tuesday. See www.deltacountyindependent.com or the DCI's Facebook page for results.
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.