Turnout ‘pretty darn good’
November 1, 2005
Just in excess of 38 percent of Pitkin County’s electorate turned out for an off-year election that was dominated by tax questions.The turnout was lackluster when compared to last November’s election, when a staggering 87 percent of the county electorate turned out to vote in a year with a hotly contested presidential election.Silvia Davis, Pitkin County clerk and recorder, said she was pleased with the turnout this year given the nature of the election. “I think that’s pretty darn good,” Davis said. “Look at Redstone – all they had to vote on was referendums C and D.”A total of 4,861 people voted Tuesday night. That number doesn’t include several dozen provisional ballots cast by people who showed up without proper identification or whose names didn’t appear on voter rolls. Election officials will count or reject provisional ballots later this week.In Eagle County, approximately 45 percent of the electorate turned out to vote on whether to begin the process of reorganization of county government into a home-rule system with five elected commissioners instead of three.About 45 percent of Garfield County voters turned out, as well.