Colorado voting centers open for Election Day

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DENVER- It's Election Day in Colorado. If you have not mailed in your ballot by now, you will have to find a drop-off location on Tuesday.

The secession vote is just one big issue on the ballot Tuesday. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, says he will vote against a proposal for his county and 10 others to secede from Colorado.

Buck told The Denver Post last week it makes more sense to defeat politicians who he said are out of touch and have left some northern Colorado residents feeling ignored. Voters in the 11 counties will cast ballots Tuesday on whether their county commissioners should pursue seceding from Colorado and forming a new state.

The vote is only an initial step. Secession eventually would need congressional approval. No state has successfully broken off since West Virginia in 1863.

Buck is one of at least three Republicans seeking their party's nomination to oppose Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in 2014.

The election also covers income tax.

Amendment 66 would raise the state income tax from 4.63 percent to 5 percent for taxable income up to $75,000 a year. Income above $75,000 would be taxed at 5.9 percent.

Another important question on the ballot is a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana.

Marijuana's journey in legalization takes another step in Colorado when voters decide whether to tax it more for the sake of schools and enforcement. Proposition AA asks voters today whether to approve a 15 percent pot excise tax to pay for school construction, plus an extra sales tax of 10 percent to fund marijuana enforcement. The taxes are estimated to bring in $70 million a year.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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