Early voters back pot, minimum wage increase, domestic partnerships

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Early voters in Routt County supported legalizing marijuana and giving benefits to partners in same-sex relationships. They also backed raising the minimum wage.

According to the 2,486 early ballots counted Tuesday night, representing just over 16 percent of registered voters in Routt County, liberal ballot issues in addition to nearly all statewide and regional Democratic candidates have early leads in Routt County.

Routt County early voters cast 1,284 votes in support of Amendment 44, which would legalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for adults 21 years of age and older, compared to 1,164 votes against.

Local early voters strongly supported Referendum I, which would expand legal and civil rights for committed partners in same-sex relationships. Voters cast 1,496 votes in support of the referendum, compared to 919 votes against.

Local early voters opposed Amendment 43, which would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Voters cast 1,539 votes against the amendment, compared to 906 votes in support.

Routt County early voters also supported Amendment 42, which would raise the state minimum wage, with 1,304 votes in support and 1,134 votes against.

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