by Ralph Routon
The early trends held to the end Tuesday night in El Paso County returns for the 2011 election, with a smattering of unpredictable outcomes but nothing that registered on the Richter scale.
In all, there were 115,120 votes cast, or 48.3 percent of the 238,355 active voters who received ballots across the county.
City Issue 2B, paving the way toward an outside entity perhaps leasing Memorial Health System from Colorado Springs without the city being committed to cover a shortfall, passed with slightly more than 60 percent of the vote. The final totals were 47,571 for and 28,669 against.
State Proposition 103, who would have increased funding for public education, was defeated handily by nearly a 2-1 margin statewide, and worse than that locally.
In Colorado Springs School District 11, board incumbents Janet Tanner and Bob Null led the voting for four at-large positions, with Elaine Naleski and Nora Brown capturing the other two vacant seats.
But in Fountain, being a City Council incumbent meant nothing, as Lois Landgraf and Harold Thompson lost their at-large seats to challengers Patricia St. Louis and James Coke.
For a full accounting of the El Paso County vote, go here. And for more election coverage, check this week's issue of the Independent on Thursday.