#MontroseVotes: Our live election blog

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Montrose County election worker Barb Weber works with voters at Friendship Hall Tuesday evening. (Photo by William Woody)

By William Woody / Digital News Producer

MONTROSE — Republicans Keith Caddy and Roger Rash will become the newest members of the Montrose Board of County Commissioners  with overwhelming victories Tuesday. Both men pledge themselves to restore trust and transparency with the Board of County Commission and the Montrose community. Support for ballot issue 3A is ahead by 1,401 votes.

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1:00 a.m.

At the time of this blog’s closing, ballot initiative 3A held a comfortable lead with 1,401. News of 3A’s likely passing and other final results and comments from Tuesday’s election will be published Wednesday.

Montrose County School District RE-1J supporters said they were confident the measure would pass.

12:45 p.m.

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11:30 p.m.

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Dem. Michael Bennett defeats Rep. Darryl Glenn

House District 3.
Incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton defeats Dem. Gail Schwartz.

Colorado’s minimum wage will rise from $8.31 to $12 per hour by 2020.

11:09 p.m.

The latest numbers.

Montrose County Unofficial:

17,670  of 27,384  registered ballots, or turnout 65%

BOCC District 1:
Keith Caddy (R): 12,108

Derrick Ferguson (D): 4,387

BOCC District 3:
Roger Rash (R) : 11,719

Beatrice Luccero (D): 4,778

Ballot Issue 3A

School Bond:

Yes: 8,694

No: 7,293

Ballot Issue 1A

Broadband

Yes: 11,825

No: 4,779

11:00 p.m.

3A builds lead to 1,401 votes.

10:21 p.m.

Latest photos from around Montrose. (William Woody)

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Somber night at Montrose Democratic Party headquarters.

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Roger Rash on the phone in front of the Montrose County Courthouse.

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Montrose School Superintendent Steve Schiell awaiting results.

10:01 p.m.

3A is ahead by 1,153 votes.

8:54 p.m.

Olathe Spray Service cropduster in the air to West End to pick up ballots. 200 are expected.

7:43 p.m.

Montrose County Unofficial:
15,998  of 27,384 registered ballots or turnout 58%

BOCC District 1:
Keith Caddy (R): 10,972
Derrick Ferguson (D): 4,027

BOCC District 3:
Roger Rash (R) : 10,648
Beatrice Luccero (D): 4,362

Ballot Issue 3A
School Bond:
Yes: 7,865
No: 6,712

Ballot Issue 1A
Broadband
Yes: 10,754
No: 4,315

7:00 p.m.

Polls are now closed. Montrose County Media Relations Manager Katie Yergensen said the polls were going to close despite rumors they would remain open til 7:30 p.m.

6:56 p.m.

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Line out the door at the Montrose County Courthouse as polls wind down.

6:32 p.m.

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Montrose County election workers sort through ballots delivered from Friendship Hall.

6:29 p.m.

“It took me to the last second to decide that I was voting for Trump,” Montrose voter who did not want to be identified.

6:10 p.m.

Polls could be extended to 7:30 as a lawsuit to extend voting hours is being decided. County attorneys and clerks state-wide have been informed of the possible change.

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Voting at Friendship Hall Tuesday evening. (Photo by William Woody)

3:59

Members of both parties are gearing up for today’s election results at separate gatherings around town. Montrose Republicans will wait for results at Cobble Creek while the Democrats are hosting a viewing party at their headquarters at 238 E Main St.

Supporters of 3A will gather at the Brew and Bogey Club restaurant at the Black Canyon Golf Course.

12:58 p.m.

Montrose County Clerk and Recorder Tressa Guynes reported turnout had been steady since polls opened. Guynes said Montrose County is contracting with the Olathe Spray Service to deliver ballots from the West End after polls close at 7 p.m.

The county has contracted with the Olathe Spray Service for many years now, but weather and high winds have prevented the delivery via airplane. Weather permitting this would be the first major election ballots from the West End are delivered by crop-duster rather than the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office.

A steady stream of voters took advantage of the lunch hour Tuesday casting ballots at the old Montrose County Courthouse. Only one Democratic pollster was on site.

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Voters cast ballots at the old Montrose County Courthouse Tuesday during lunch. (Photo by William Woody)

11:09 a.m.

Early voting numbers released by the county show total returned ballots at 18,181, of those accepted, 16,076.
Total ballots rejected was listed at 136 with 747 undeliverable.

7:00 a.m.

Go vote. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

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Students at Columbine Middle School formed the word Vote this week.(Photo courtesy Kerri Catlin)