Delta County Elections Department has replaced its aging voting equipment with the new Colorado uniformed voting system Dominion.
Delta County's voting system, like most of Colorado's, was over 10 years old and was near the end of its useful life. Selecting a single voting system for the entire state allows for uniformity throughout all counties, results in consistent standards and lowers costs. With the new voting equipment, voters will use a touch screen connected to a printer to vote, print, view and cast their ballot into a secure ballot box. The system allows for accessible handicap voting which includes audio, larger font, contrast controls and toggle switches.
Come join the Delta County Elections Department Monday, Aug. 14, through Wednesday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a demonstration of the new equipment. Vote on your favorite type of cookie, ask questions and learn how the new equipment simplifies the election process. Demonstrations will take place in the clerk and recorder's office at 501 Palmer Street, Suite 211, Delta, and at the North Fork Annex at 196 W. Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss.
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.