Leadville Election Results 2016: Yes to Glenn, No to Jail
After a record turnout and Lake County voters showing up to the courthouse until the last possible minute to cast their ballots, the results are in:
Local voters determined there were more questions than answers concerning Referendum 1A, also known as the Lake County Justice Center initiative. The 1.5% sales tax increase was voted down at the polls today by a margin of 14.8%, meaning it’s back to the drawing board for proponents looking to build a new county jail and courthouse facility.
Republican Mark E. Glenn secured the seat for Lake County Commissioner, District 3 with 51.58% of the vote, beating out Democratic contender Bud Elliott. Rounding out the Board of County Commissioners by no surprise is Democrat Sarah Mudge (2,206 votes), who ran uncontested and has secured her seat since the June primaries. Glenn and Mudge will be replacing commissioners Bruce Hix and Mike Bordogna.
Judge Jonathan Shamis retains his position as Lake County Court Judge, confirmed by 1,852 votes of confidence. Judge Shamis was initially appointed to the position in July 2013.
It’s been a long race that is finally run. Newly elected officials across the state will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Click HERE for all by-the-numbers Lake County results. Thanks for voting and stay vigilant.
Early Voter Turnout Strong, Local Results Tonight
Did you vote in Leadville today? You’ve got until 7 p.m. tonight to make your voice heard at the polls if you are a registered voter. All Lake County voters can cast ballots at the courthouse located at 505 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.
“Early voting has been very brisk for a Presidential election year,” stated Carl Schaefer with the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’ s office as local voters streamed in to the Lake County Courthouse on the official Election Day, November 8, 2016. As of this morning, Lake County had already seen 1800 ballots cast in the early voting season. Today, election judges returned to continue tallying early ballots, in addition to the big push from Election Day 2016.
While the Presidential campaign has been fraught with behavior and engagement that the United States has never seen the likes of, locally, Lake County voters were spared the contention as they decide today on two new Lake County Commissioners and whether to approve a sales tax increase to fund a new justice center.
Leadville Today will be reporting results as they come in this evening. Stay Tuned! Until then, registered voters have until 7 p.m. tonight and should come prepared with a picture ID, and patience as there could be a slight wait as the Election 2016 season comes to an end – Finally!