- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The latest developments in Colorado’s general election:

8:05 p.m.

The conservative majority of a suburban Denver school board has nothing to apologize for after being recalled in a high-profile election.

That’s according to Ken Witt, one of those recalled Tuesday.

Witt says he’s proud of performance-based pay and student spending formulas adopted under the Jefferson County board majority’s tenure since 2013.

He says the recall shows that “sometimes it’s difficult being the tip of the spear enacting change.”

The contest attracted national attention - and spending. Students walked out of class to protest last year when the conservative members suggested reviewing a U.S. history curriculum to promote patriotism.

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7:55 p.m.

Colorado voters have agreed to allow the state to keep $66 million worth of marijuana taxes despite an accounting error that could have forced the government to refund the money to taxpayers and pot growers.

An error in a pot tax measure approved two years ago led to the ballot measure that passed Tuesday. The error required the state to ask voters again if it could keep the revenue collected last year from a 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax on recreational pot.

The vote means the state won’t have to refund the $66 million. If Proposition BB failed, the 10 percent sales tax also would have been temporarily cut to almost nothing.

The state will put the money toward school construction and educational and anti-drug efforts.

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7:30 p.m.

Voters have recalled three conservative school board members in a suburban Denver county.

An overwhelming majority of Jefferson County voters said “yes” on Tuesday to recalling Ken Witt, John Newkirk, and Julie Williams. They made up a majority of the five-member board.

The contest attracted national attention - and spending. Students walked out of class to protest last year when the conservative members suggested reviewing a U.S. history curriculum to promote patriotism.

Recall supporters also were upset at a decision to tie teacher pay increases to performance, rather than seniority. They also accused the trio of meeting privately before regular meetings to agree on policy - an allegation they denied.

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7:10 p.m.

Polls are closed across Colorado, where voters cast ballots on marijuana taxes and local measures.

At the top of the ticket is a ballot question about taxes on recreational taxes. Voters were asked whether the government can keep $66 million in pot taxes collected in 2014. Those taxes would otherwise have to be refunded because of an accounting error when the taxes were first approved.

Voters were also deciding a long list of local measures. One is a tax hike in Colorado Springs. Another is a proposed ski lift tax in Breckenridge.

Twelve cities and towns were deciding local taxes on the sale or production of marijuana.

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5 p.m.

Colorado’s voter turnout has topped 40 percent two hours before polls close.

The secretary of state’s office says that more than 1 million people had voted by 3:30 p.m.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

Jefferson County, home to a divisive school board recall election, turned in more votes than any other, with about 159,000.

El Paso County was next with about 130,000 ballots by midafternoon.

The only statewide item is a question about retaining recreational marijuana taxes. All other items are local, ranging from a proposed ski lift tax in Breckenridge to a hotel tax hike in Denver.

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