Electoral outliers 

When the final totals from the Nov. 6 election were released last week, perhaps you heard that El Paso County voters sided with Colorado at large by approving marijuana decriminalization — by 10 votes, or .0035 percent of the 283,382 votes cast.

Numbers like these can be fascinating, and they become even more so when you dig down to the precinct level. In a 105-page document available here, County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams and his crew lay out how each of the county's 199 precincts voted on every issue in the 2012 election.

Here's a little of what we found notable right off the bat.

Click here for an illustrated map of how the precincts voted.

Mixed smoke signals

The precinct that voted most overwhelmingly against Amendment 64, the marijuana decriminalization measure, is No. 230. That area is bound by Briargate Parkway to the south; Chapel Hills and Lexington drives to the west; and Powers Boulevard to the east. A total of 1,246 people voted no, with only 597 people voting yes — that's 67.61 percent against.

But Precinct 230 hated Amendment 64 less than Precinct 176 liked it. The area right around Colorado College saw 1,642 yes votes and 411 no votes — a region-high 79.98 support rate.

One aside: Amendment 64 earned 58.44 percent support from Precincts 195 (encompassing Peterson Air Force Base) and 57.27 percent of 800 and 801 (which, combined, encompass Fort Carson). It pulled only 45.71 percent support from Precinct 521 (encompassing Schriever Air Force Base).

We'll protect ourselves

Only two precincts voted against County Question 1A, Sheriff Terry Maketa's measure to create a .0023 percent sales tax for eight years to fund "urgent public safety needs."

• In Precinct 453, 561 voted for the tax, and 567 against.

• In Precinct 500, 134 voted for the tax, and 143 against.

Interestingly, both precincts are well to the east of Colorado Springs city limits, and therefore would arguably benefit from an increased sheriff's presence. One other common characteristic: Both supported extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax. In fact, that measure passed in every precinct.

(Two) terms of endearment

All precincts wanted county commissioners and assorted other officials to be booted after two terms. In fact, those who voted "yes" (for a reduction from three terms) numbered at least 59 percent in every precinct, except:

• In Precinct 502, 359 people voted "yes" and 259 "no" — 58.09 percent to 41.91 percent.

• In Precinct 524, 630 people voted "yes" and 454 "no" — 58.12 percent to 41.88 percent.

• In Precinct 554, 57 people voted "yes" and 44 "no" — 56.44 percent to 43.56 percent.

All three precincts sit in the eastern part of the county and are represented by Commission Chair Amy Lathen, who was running for her second term. Of all five commission districts, Sallie Clark's District 3 voted most overwhelmingly — about 66 percent — to return to two terms. But voters in Clark's district simultaneously sent her to a third term, anyway, as did District 4's voters with Dennis Hisey.

Click here for a breakdown of 64, 1A and more.


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