Moffat County elects School Board members, rejects Prop 103
October 31, 2011
RESULTS ARE IN: Unofficial voting results from today's Moffat County election are now in, and voters have elected three Moffat County School Board members and voted against Proposition 103. A few ballots still have to be counted, according to the Moffat County Elections Department.
State results for the tax measure are still being finalized, but with 38 percent reporting, the measure appears to have failed.
Turnout was 30.8 percent in Moffat County in the all mail-in ballot.
The results, which were released at about 8 p.m., are below:
Moffat County School Board
• J.B. Chapman — 2,007 votes, or 72.1 percent
• Tony St. John (incumbent) — 1,309 votes, or 52.5 percent
• Debbie Belleville — 1,186 votes, or 47.5 percent
• Sherry St. Louis — 1,227 votes, or 55.5 percent
• Ken Wergin — 984 votes, or 44.5 percent
No — 2,111 votes, or 76.7 percent
Yes — 639 votes, or 23.2 percent
Colorado (with 61 percent of precincts reporting):
No — 65 percent
Yes — 35 percent
• 9,014 registered voters
• 2,783 voted, or 30.8 percent
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More than 5,400 mail-in ballots were sent to Moffat County voters beginning Oct. 11.
By late last week, 1,775 had been returned to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office, elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said.
That total does not include Maybell residents, whose voting deadline was 6 p.m. Friday, or Dinosaur residents, who could have dropped on ballots until noon today at the Dinosaur Library, 400 W. School St.
"Considering (today) is Election Day, it is too late for voters to send their ballot through the mail," Beckett said. "From here on out, all ballots must be dropped off in person."
For Craig residents, the voter deadline is 5 p.m. today for those planning to use the drop box at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., or 7 p.m. at the clerk and recorder's office, 221 W. Victory Way.
Beckett said residents who have not received a ballot through the mail still have time to vote, but must do so in person at her office in the Moffat County Courthouse.
Voting may be done via paper ballot or by using an electronic voting machine located in the elections office.
Featured on this year's ballot are five candidates vying for Moffat County School Board seats in Districts 1, 3 and 5.
J.B. Chapman is running unopposed in District 1.
Incumbent Tony St. John is running against newcomer Debbie Belleville for District 3.
Ken Wergin and Sherry St. Louis are battling for the District 5 seat.
District 7 is also available, but no candidates emerged. The school board will address the vacancy sometime after the election.
Also on the ballot is state tax question Proposition 103, which proposes to increase public school funding through increased income and sales taxes.
If approved, Prop 103, also known as "Bright Colorado," would raise state income taxes from 4.63 to 5 percent between 2012 and 2016. The state's sales and use tax would increase from 2.9 to 3 percent for a period of five years beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
The tax increases are estimated to raise $536 million in funds.
Beckett expects ballots to be tallied shortly after 7 p.m.
Results will be posted at the elections office and at http://www.craigdailypress.com.