Updated November 6, 2006 at 4:56 p.m.
Routt County voting centers
- North Routt Charter School, 54200 County Road 62, Clark
- Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 398 S. Poplar St., Hayden
- Steamboat Pilot Building, conference room, 1901 Curve Plaza, Steamboat Springs
- Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St., Steamboat Springs
- Yampa Valley Medical Center conference room, 940 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs
- Fairfield Inn & Suites, 3200 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
- Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., Oak Creek
- Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave., Yampa
Voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7. Voters may cast ballots at any of the locations.
Major decisions will be made on Election Day. There are seven state amendments, seven state referendums, two school bond issues and a City Council pay raise on Tuesday's ballot.
And those are just the issues. We will select a new governor, a congressman, a state representative, a new sheriff, a new commissioner and a tax assessor. We also will decide whether to retain several judges.
And we are entering a new era of voting - Routt County will test its new electronic voting machines and its new voting centers Tuesday. Voting has never been easier than it will be Tuesday.
Therefore, we hope for a strong turnout. There is no greater responsibility in our democracy than getting educated about issues and candidates and participating in the election process. Make your voice heard, and make your vote count.
As a recap, we offer our stances on several ballot issues.
- Yes on Referendum 3C. We believe the mill levy override in the school district will help the district recruit and retain quality teachers and make our pay more competitive with comparable districts.
- Yes on Referendum 3D. We believe the $29.7 million school district bond issue to pay for replacement of Soda Creek Elementary School and improvements to Strawberry Park Elementary is timely, cost efficient and necessary.
- No on Referendum 2A. The Steamboat Springs City Council does not need a pay raise. Instead the council should look for ways to reduce the time commitment serving on council requires.
- No on Amendment 38. As this year's ballot shows, Colorado already is overwhelmed with citizen ballot initiatives. There is no need to make that process easier.
- No on Amendment 39/Ref. J. These measures requiring all public school districts to spend at least 65 percent of operational expenditures on classroom instruction would unnecessarily infringe on local communities' ability to guide public school education.
- No on Amendment 40. There is no need to put term limits for judges in the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Allowing voters to decide judicial retention works fine, and experience on the bench is to be valued.
- No on Amendment 41. This effort would drastically reduce the ability of government officials, public officers, government employees and members of the General Assembly to legally accept monetary gifts or in-kind donations. The measure goes too far in implementing restrictions and should not be part of the state Constitution.
- No on Amendment 42. We believe the federal government should address the minimum wage issue, not the state. Approving it could have an adverse impact on local economies, particularly for resort towns like Steamboat Springs
- No on Amendment 43. Would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. This is a completely unnecessary amendment that is nothing more than political pandering.
- No on Amendment 44. This amendment would legalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for adults 21 years of age and older. We think it's dumb to make possession of pot legal when purchase is illegal. Besides, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized to the point that making it legal isn't necessary.
- Yes on Referendum I. This is a practical and well-planned measure recognizing domestic partnerships between couples of the same gender. It would allow those couples to receive benefits, such as health care coverage, related to the partnership. It does not elevate domestic partnerships to the same status as marriage, but it gives people in long-term, monogamous, same-sex relationships the opportunity to care for one another properly.
These are our stances. Regardless of whether you agree, please take the time to cast your ballot Tuesday.