Dec 4, 2012 9:47 PM by Andy Koen

Precinct maps highlight political divide in county

COLORADO SPRINGS - We're getting a clearer picture of just how voters in El Paso County felt about certain issues on the November ballot. The Clerk and Recorders Office released a set of maps this week showing precinct-by-precinct voting breakdowns for Amendment 64 (marijuana legalization and Issue 1A (tax increase for sheriff.)

Surprisingly, the precinct map for Amendment 64 shows voters at the US Air Force Academy and Fort Carson favored the issue by at least 50 percent, despite the fact that marijuana is still prohibited on all military bases.

The strongest support for the amendment was found in precincts in Manitou Springs, parts of Old Colorado City and the Old North End where at least 70% of voters voted yes. Meanwhile, the strongest opposition could be found in precincts in Monument, Black Forest and Northgate where up 70% of voters said no.

Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams says the maps could help town councils decide how to zone marijuana retail stores.

"Just like you saw dispensaries located in some areas and not in other areas, you'll also see retail stores located in some places and not in other places," Williams said.

The precinct map for Issue 1A shows at least 50% support for the issue in all but two precincts. The support was highest in precincts near the Waldo Canyon Burn Area.


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