GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The polls are closed and the votes have been tallied for the state of Colorado, this year's election turnout was quite successful.
Over 200,000 more ballots statewide were cast than in the last election off-year in 2011. To put that into perspective, that's equivalent to 72 Ouray counties voting this year.
Mesa County also had a good turnout with over 42,000 people voting. This represents close to a 50% return of the mailed out ballots, setting a new record in Mesa County compared to other election off years.
"In 2011 we were really excited because we got an incredible turn out compared to any other coordinated election that we've done, but we actually did end up beating that turn out record this year by 3,600 ballots," says Catherine Lenhart, Mesa County elections director.
Even though there's a new state law requiring all voters to receive mail-in ballots, Mesa County had already moved to that system during off-year elections back in the nineties. When the mail-in ballot system was implemented Mesa County saw a 10 to 15 percent increase in voters.
The county is still taking military and overseas votes until the 13th of November and all results should be official before Thanksgiving.