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The Boulder County coroner will be permitted to serve up to five consecutive four-year terms, after unofficial election results indicated that the measure had claimed more than 54% of the vote as of 10:48 p.m. Tuesday.

According to online Boulder County elections results , there were 39,479 votes in favor of Boulder County Question 1A  and 32,624 votes against it — a roughly 9% lead.

Prior to the ballot measure passing, the Boulder County coroner was permitted to serve up to three consecutive four-year terms, for a total of 12 years.

Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall advocated earlier this year that the issue be added to the ballot. When she heard the measure was leading comfortably Tuesday night, Hall said she was excited about the voting trend to that point.

“Having the opportunity to have the coroner be in office for a longer length of time makes sense for the community and staff,” Hall said. “There are a lot of things I’ve done but a lot of things I want to work on.”

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office investigates sudden and unattended deaths. Hall argued that having a coroner be able to serve longer will be an opportunity to provide “stability and the chance for someone with really good experience and education to be in office for a long time.”

Those in opposition to the ballot item expressed concern that a coroner may be in the position for 20 years. Hall said an election nevertheless still gives voters the power to decide who they want to serve.

“If they are not happy with the coroner in office, they have a chance every four years to elect or not re-elect that person,” Hall said.

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