Now that a final tally of votes is complete, it’s clear that the highly contested ballot proposal that would have imposed a chokehold 2,500-foot setback rule on new oil and gas drilling in Colorado was closer to being adopted than the initial vote count indicated immediately after the election.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Nov. 28 update of results, YES votes that were cast in favor of imposing the restrictive setback and NO votes to defeat it were separated by only 253,831 votes out of a total of 2,485,943 who voted on the ballot question.

Each side of the issue received more than a million votes:

YES on 112 received 1,116,056 votes, or 44.89% of all votes cast on the question.
NO on 112 received 1,369,887 v...

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