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Voting comes down to the wire

Damaris Acevedo
Sky Hi News Intern
Grand County, ,CO Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

The 2010 General Election takes place on Nov. 2, when voters who haven’t already taken part in early voting may hit the polls to cast their ballots.

Election Day polling places – open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Grand County – are located at: the Extension Hall, Kremmling; the Grand County Administration Building, Hot Sulphur Springs; the Grand Lake Fire Station, Grand Lake; Mountain Parks Electric, Granby; the Church of the Eternal Hills, Tabernash; and the Fraser Valley Baptist Church, Fraser.

Mail-in ballots can be picked up at the Grand County Administration Building in Hot Sulphur Springs until Oct. 29 and they can be dropped off at any polling location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voting in person must be done at one’s home precinct.

Each election is important because it gives residents a voice on changing their community.

Candidates

Grand County’s General Election consists of voting for the State Senate District 16 seat, whose candidates are Tim Leonard (Rep) and Jeanne Nicholson (Dem), as well as the State Representative District 57 seat, with Steve Ivancie (Dem), Randy Baumgardner (Rep) and Mike Kien (Lib) vying for a seat.

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The County Commissioner District 3 race consists of Gary Wade Bumgarner (Rep) and Robert J. McVay (Dem), and the County Sheriff’s race includes Rod Johnson (Rep) and Sheila Kesler (unaffiliated).

Running unopposed are Sara L. Rosene for the County Clerk and Recorder, Christina Whitmer for the County Treasurer, Tom Weydert for the County Assessor, Warren D. Ward for the County Surveyor, and Brenda L. Bock for the County Coroner.

Besides ballot questions on state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges, voters will choose whether to retain 14th Judicial District Judge Mary C. Hoak and Grand County Judge Ben W. McClelland.

Ballot questions

Voters will also be voting for Amendment P (which would amend the Colorado Constitution to transfer the licensing of games of chance, such as bingo and raffles, from the Department of State to the Department of Revenue and allow the legislature to change qualifications for obtaining a license), Amendment Q (which would create a process for temporarily moving the seat of state government in the event a disaster were to make it impossible for the government to operate out of Denver), Amendment 62 (which defines personhood), Amendment 63 (which concerns the federal health care legislation), and Proposition 102 (which would require that all criminal suspects in Colorado, other than those accused of first-time nonviolent misdemeanors, be released to pretrial supervision only if they post a secured, court-approved bond).

Voters will finally have a chance to choose whether or not to pass Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101, which are comprehensive tax-cut measures.

And whether to prohibit medical marijuana is a question before voters this year. Grand County, Granby, Fraser and Hot Sulphur Springs each have a question pertaining to medical marijuana. All of them ask whether medical marijuana commercial operations should be “prohibited,” except for Hot Sulphur Springs’ ballot question, which asks if operations should be “allowed.”

In relation to that question, voters living in Granby, Fraser and Hot Sulphur Springs are voting on whether to impose a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana purchases.

East Grand School District taxpayers are deciding on Referred Measure 3B, which would go into affect only if Amendment 61 passes. Measure 3B asks whether the district should incur $4 million in bond debt to provide the district a bridge loan, paid back once property taxes are collected each year. The bonds would cost district taxpayers in the ballpark of $350,000 annually.

Meanwhile, voters in the West Grand School District are deciding on Referred Measure 3A – whether a district-wide permanent tax should be levied by $420,000 annually to maintain the district’s “class sizes, vocational and career opportunities, advance course offerings, quality staff, student activities and facility maintenance.”

Hot Sulphur residents will decide on Referred Measure 2G, which would authorize the town to publish ordinances by title only. If approved, the town’s ability to publish by title only would join the ranks of Granby, Fraser, Grand Lake and Kremmling.

And certain Winter Park Ranch voters are deciding on whether the county should be authorized to borrow $1.9 million on their behalf to improve roads – obligating property owners to repay the debt with interest. The ballot question concerns road paving on Mulligan, Little Pierre, Rainbow, Brooky streets.

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