Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner: Explaining the Hayden school tie vote process
As the designated election official for Routt County, I feel the need to explain the post-election process as it relates to certifying the election, and in particular, to the tied Hayden RE-1 question.
When Colorado passed HB 13-1303 making Colorado elections mail-ballot elections, certain statutes and rules were adopted to allow time after the election for voters to cure their signature discrepancy, missing signature from the ballot envelope or provide a copy of their I.D. if it had never been supplied previously. Nov. 15 is the last day for a voter to cure, which is within eight days after Election Day. There are currently 65 county-wide ballots that were rejected for one of the three listed reasons.
Since we do not know how many people will come in to cure by the deadline, we always hold back a batch of 20 to 25 ballots. This batch has not been opened or scanned yet but rather is held in a ballot box to combine with all the cures that will be scanned by the canvass board Thursday after the cure deadline.
The batch we held back contains 21 ballots of various ballot styles (Routt County had eight different ballot styles because of all the taxing questions). If one person cures and their ballot is added to the batch of 21, no one can assume with certainty how that one person voted.
Once the cure ballots, along with the batch of 21 are opened and scanned on Thursday, the Hayden School question will hopefully have a definitive outcome.
There are still several steps in the process that must be completed before determining whether a recount will occur. The first is a risk limiting audit, which is followed by a canvass of the election to certify the official results.
If the difference between the highest votes cast minus the next highest votes cast is less than or equal to one-half of 1 percent of the highest vote cast, we will be required to complete a recount, which must be done no later than the 30th day after the election, Dec. 7.
Thank you for voting and participating in this most important process.
Routt County clerk and recorder
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