Ballots still being counted in Colorado; Denver's Initiated Ordinance 300 still too close to call

Ballots still being counted in Colorado; Denver's Initiated Ordinance 300 still too close to call
Posted at 2:30 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 16:49:28-05

DENVER – The city ballot measure that will decide if Denver businesses will be able to designate certain places for people to smoke marijuana in public is perhaps Colorado’s biggest measure that still remains undecided days after the General Election.

As of Thursday night, Initiated Ordinance 300 had 121,193 “yes” votes, compared to 113,579 “no” votes. The city says it still has 90,000 ballots to count, which could still swing the vote in favor of those against the proposed ordinance.

Though ballot counting had been delayed in Pueblo County, voters rejected Question 200, which would have shut down the county’s existing pot businesses.

The statewide Amendment T ballot measure also remains too close to call, as the "yes" and "no" votes are currently separated by about 1 percent of the total vote.

As of Thursday morning, 2.85 million ballots had been counted in Colorado, though several counties are still counting, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

When compared to the 3.84 million active and inactive registered voters in Colorado, tentative voter turnout at the moment sits at 74.3 percent, though those numbers will change.

The election and final numbers will not be certified for at least another week; Nov. 22 is the final day for verification of provisional ballots and the day Denver will have certified results.

The Secretary of State will have until Dec. 8 to compile total returns from the various counties in Colorado.

The Elections Division of the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office says city results will be updated again Saturday evening. Most state offices were closed Friday to commemorate Veterans Day.


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