by Ralph Routon
Though nobody was saying so, least of all County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink, there was something insufficient about the election returns last night. Even after midnight, when many races were considered 100 percent reported on the county's site, it was apparent that the late-arriving mail ballots on Tuesday hadn't ever appeared.
Now they have. The county released another massive dump of votes at 4:37 a.m., raising the total for El Paso County from about 175,000 to 192,370.
County Question 1A, which would have shut down medical marijuana centers in unincorporated areas of the county, now has LOST after it was passing all night. It now goes down, 90,972 to 90,641, which should survive any recount including provisional votes.
Also, state Sen. John Morse's margin of victory over challenger Owen Hill has gone from 104 and a certain recount to 252 votes. That should give Morse a second term and also guarantee the Democrats maintain control of the state Senate, with Morse as majority leader.
In House District 18, Democrat Pete Lee now beats Karen Cullen by a comfortable 55-45 percent.
And the total turnout does surpass 2006, which wasn't the case until the 4:37 a.m. surprise.