TABOR Voting Under Way, But Turnout A Mystery; Some Glitches Report

Denver (AP) People on both sides of the Referenda C and D
campaign can finally agree on at least one thing, it's going to be a close election. There's no way to tell how many people have already voted with absentee ballots and early voting provisions, but some campaign officials are saying they're expecting high turnout for an odd–year election.

If Referendum C passes, the state could keep $3.7 billion over five years that would otherwise have to be refunded to taxpayers. If both measures pass, the state could borrow up to $2.1 billion for roads, schools and other projects.

The sides have launched expensive ad campaigns that present
conflicting claims, and voter confusion has been complicated by the unusual election date, a week earlier than normal and other wrinkles. Colorado Conservation voters mailed out 36,000 fliers with an incorrect deadline for requesting absentee ballots because the group thought the election was november eighth.

Applications submitted late because of those fliers were accepted anyway. Meanwhile, some campaign officials say Pueblo County voters were confused because the county has a separate municipal school election on November eighth.

The Secretary of State's office says some voters in Arapahoe County got duplicate ballots, and new ballots had to be printed in Saguache County because a school district measure was left off the first one.

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