Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nearly 20,000 votes cast in city election

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM

About 20,000 ballots have been turned in so far in the April 7 all-mail ballot city election in which voters will elect a new mayor and three at-large City Council members. Voters also will choose a councilor from District 2 to fill the two years remaining in the term of Joel Miller, who resigned to run for mayor, and whether to recall Helen Collins from her District 4 seat.

So far, 19,679 ballots have been scanned, compared to 13,500 for the same period in the April 2011 election. Four years ago, 91,190 people voted, or 62.3 percent of active registered voters.

This year, the 19,679 represents 8.6 percent of the 146,470 ballots to be voted.

This year, the City Clerk's Office has sent 228,386 ballots to city voters, which means the turnout is 8.6 percent so far.

While former Attorney General John Suthers was leading the pack in the mayoral race some time ago, according to one poll of likely voters, there was a big chunk of undecided voters. Other candidates include former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, Miller, Lawrence Martinez and Tony Carpenter.

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