El Paso County voters returned more ballots than any county in Colorado for the 2017 Coordinated Election.
With 153,597 votes accepted, El Paso County had a 38.7% turnout rate – determined with the active registered voter count of 396,529, as of November 7.
The County also experienced the highest number of ballots cast in a coordinated election; in 2015, there were 145,760 ballots cast and in 2013 there were 149,267.
With nine voter service and polling centers (VSPCs) open on Election Day, there was minimal-to-no wait for in-person voters, and there were no issues with the new ImageCast® X (ICX) ballot marking devices. This was also the first election with new counting and adjudication equipment; the equipment and software worked without incident.
“I am proud of our award-winning elections team for once again delivering a secure and transparent election for the citizens of El Paso County. The team put in the time and effort to master the new equipment, and it showed. We are quickly pivoting to meet the statutory requirements for reviewing our results, and we look forward to a seamless audit process,” says Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.
There are a little over 1,000 ballots that remain outstanding due to signature discrepancies. The voters have up to eight days after the election to ‘cure’ the signatures. The canvass board – made up of a team of bipartisan election judges – will review the total unofficial results next Thursday, which will then kick off the risk limiting audit. The risk limiting audit (RLA) introduces a new level of confidence testing for election results. Required by Section 1-7-515(2)(a) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the RLA is coordinated by the Secretary of State’s Office, and provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct.
The County must submit results for the first round of the audit by November 20, and the election will not be certified any earlier than November 22. Currently, the margin between two candidates in the Academy School District 20 director race indicates that a recount may be required; the elections department will know after the results are certified. Should a recount be necessary, it must completed by December 7.