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Colorado age requirement for public office to stay at age 25

Colorado voters decided not to lower the age limit to serve as a representative or senator from 25 to 21 years old.

With 57 percent reporting, over 912,000 votes were cast against lowering the age requirements for state office.

Opponents of lowering the age felt that the current requirement strikes a balance between youth and experience. They argued that younger candidates may lack the expertise and maturity to be effective legislators.

However, proponents of Amendment V argued that a 21-year-old is legally an adult and excluding 21- to 24-year-olds serves no purpose since voters can determine for themselves whether a candidate is mature, able and competent enough to serve.

Proponents also said lowering the age would encourage civic engagement from younger residents of the state.

Colorado’s current age requirement, along with Arizona and Utah, is the highest minimum age to serve in the house in the country. Three states have no minimum age requirement and 10 states have a minimum age requirement of 18 years, according to Ballotpedia.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the average age of Colorado legislators in 2015 was 55 years.

In 2008, a similar measure to lower the required age to 21, Referendum L, was on the ballot and failed with 53.5 percent of voters against the measure.

State school funding amendment likely to be defeated

For the third time in eight years, Colorado voters turned down additional state funding for education Tuesday as Amendment 73 was on its way to being defeated.

As of 8:10 p.m., the amendment had 56.7 percent against to 43.3 percent in favor; the amendment needed a 55 percent super-majority in favor to pass.

Amendment 73 would have generated $1.6 billion through an increased tax scale on the state’s flat tax (which is 4.63 percent) for those individuals and companies making between $150,000 and $500,000. That money would have been earmarked for pre-K through high school education in a new fund called the “Quality Public Education Fund.”

Opponents included a number of chambers of commerce and state associations for bankers, restaurants and Realtors. They contended the amendment language was too vague on how the money would be spent and would hurt businesses because of the tax increase.

The two most recent attempts to increase spending for Colorado schools were landslide losses: Amendment 66 failed in 2013 (64.5 percent to 35.5 percent) and Proposition 103 in 2011 failed (63.2 percent to 36.8 percent).

Colorado governor: Democrat Jared Polis defeats Republican Walker Stapleton in historic win

Jared Polis, left, Democratic candidate for Colorado’s governorship, and Jason Crow, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat in District 6, applaud for canvassers before they set out to talk to voters Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in north Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Voters on Tuesday have handed the reins of Colorado’s government to Jared Polis, a five-term congressman from Boulder whose pledges on an array of issues promised a leftward shift for a state that long had reveled in its middle-ground status.

In calling for Colorado to head in a more progressive direction, Polis prevailed over Republican Walker Stapleton – the two-term state treasurer, who spent much of the campaign pleading with voters to put the brakes on Polis’ agenda.

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From the Sun: Small election glitches can seem big

Absentee ballots that didn’t make it back to Denver. Some 61,000 Adams County ballots that wound up in storage for a week, instead of in voters’ hands. Drop-off boxes stuffed to the brim. Worries among voters whose drop-off sites blur county lines that their ballots might not be counted.

It hasn’t been a silky smooth experience for every Coloradan as Election Day 2018 finally arrives. But midterm glitches so far appear relatively minor — at least compared to issues surrounding signature verification in some states, a shifted polling site in Kansas, unsubstantiated accusations of elections hacking in Georgia and reports of translators barred from polls in Texas.

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History and CMC taxes defeated; Grand River bonds win

Election results Tuesday showed a mixed bag on tax questions. With nearly all votes counted, here were the partial results:

• A proposed new tax to raise $1 million a year for Garfield County’s seven historical societies was trailing 4,981-4,123.

• Grand River Hospital District’s plan to issue $89.4 million in bonds to rebuild E. Dene Moore Care Center and double the number of overnight beds at Grand River Hospital in Rifle was on its way to passage, up 2,399-1,165.

• Colorado Mountain College’s proposal to adjust its property tax levy to offset losses from the state’s Gallagher Amendment was headed to defeat, winning just above 45 percent approval. The Colorado secretary of state had the tally from Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Lake, Routt and Summit counties at 17,296 against and 15,038 in favor.

• For the only contested CMC Board of Trustees seat, longtime education consultant Peg Portscheller of Battlement Mesa was leading former Rifle Mayor Randy Winkler 11,503-7,942, according to the secretary of state’s site.

• A proposal to make New Castle the last town in Garfield County to collect a one-time use tax on automobile purchases by residents was narrowly trailing, 332-313.

• Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s property tax levy continuation plan was winning easily in Garfield and Pitkin counties’ early tallies, 1,421-796.