Update: Initiative 101 lost big today, according to the Rocky Mountain News.
Update: The Rocky's nifty ballot builder application has been replaced by an app that reports results by city, county, and school district.
Update: Here are the election results from the Rocky Mountain News.
Update: DenverGov has the election results from today's, Coordinated and Regular Biennial School Election, but the web page only works in Internet Explorer so I killed the Coyote Gulch link. The big three, Referendum A, Amendment 32, and Amendment 33 all lost in Denver. Referred Question 1A passed by the wide margin predicted here on Coyote Gulch. Theresa Pena won the only contested school board seat. Referred Questions 3A and 3B both passed. Initiative 101 was defeated.
Here's an article about the issues voters will decide today from the Rocky Mountain News [November 4, 2003, "Ballot a palette of issues"]. From the article, "(Mayor) Hickenlooper is facing his first ballot test since taking over the Denver mayor's office in a landslide in the spring. Hickenlooper promised to reform the city's civil service system, arguing that it is inflexible and archaic."
Voter turnout is expected to be around 40% in today's election, according to the Rocky Mountain News [November 4, 2003, "Denver election officials were sweating the returns last week, as only about 38,000 of the roughly 244,000 ballots mailed out had been returned. But by Monday afternoon, that number had climbed to about 70,000, according to Alan McBeth, spokesman for the Denver Election Commission. As of Monday, those numbers caused Denver turnout to fall behind all other metro counties voting by mail with a 28 percent turnout before Election Day. An additional 550 Denver voters won't have their ballots counted because they failed to sign the envelope. Under state law, mail ballots cannot be counted without a signature."
Ed Quillen speaks out on mail-in ballots in his column today in the Denver Post [November 4, 2003, "Why empower the lazy?"]. Says Quillen, "Democracy has some costs, and we should be willing to pay them - even if it means standing in line once or twice a year."