Boulder County 2014 Election Final Results Available Online

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boulder County, Colo. The final results from Boulder County’s 2014 General Election are available now at BoulderCountyVotes.org. Additionally, the final Statement of Vote, a document that shows precinct-by-precinct results for every candidate and issue on the Boulder County ballots this year, will be forwarded to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to become part of the official statewide election record and is available now online.

 

Earlier this week, elections staff completed the 2014 election audit, a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of the machine tally of votes. Boulder County used the state prescribed audit process which randomly selects the scanning systems, the electronic machines and the contests which to audit. Ballots are pulled and rescanned and compared to a manual count of the same ballots. Any discrepancy is investigated. A final report is issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for verification prior to election certification.

 

Despite the fact that there were no documented discrepancies found in the audit or reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest, the Boulder County Canvass Board voted in a 4-to-3 decision to not certify the election. This is a follow through on their pre-election threat to not certify the election. Despite this pre-calculated political action, the Boulder County Elections Division anticipates that the Colorado Secretary of State’s office will accept the results of the election as they did after both the 2012 General Election and 2014 Primary Election when similar political action was taken by a Canvass Board (see below for background details).

 

In regard to these actions, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall had the following to say, “The Canvass Board’s decision not to certify is purely political, without basis and out of line with their role as defined by Colorado law. Our election vote reconciliation and audit show that the Boulder County election results are accurate. The Board members who chose not to certify are doing so as they simply do not like mail ballots or the process of how elections are conducted in Colorado.  If they had their way, they would require everyone to vote on one day and show an ID with no exception.”

 

Hall continued, “The election judges and our staff did an outstanding job conducting the 2014 General Election. The results show our new election model is working. Colorado had the 4th highest turnout in the nation. The actions of this Canvass Board in no way diminish everyone’s hard work. It is unfortunate and frankly a disservice to the voters of Boulder County that once again the Canvass Board chose to operate outside the boundaries of their duties as outlined in law and rule. As has occurred in the last two elections, we anticipate that after the Secretary of State reviews the material, the election will be certified.”

 

By Secretary of State Rule, if nothing found in the audit or reconciliation of the election impacts the outcome of the election, the results must be certified. There were no documented discrepancies found in the audit or the reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest. 

 

The Canvass Report, Statement of Vote and audit documentation is now available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.

 

Additional Background Information:

 

Canvass board’s role in an election:  The canvass board’s role is to reconcile the number of ballots counted to number of ballots cast and ensure that the number of ballots cast does not exceed the total amount of voters in the county. They are then requested to certify the official abstract of votes.

 

Composition of the canvass board:  Statute states that the canvass board must represent all major parties within the state of Colorado equally. Colorado currently has three major parties: American Constitution, Democratic and Republican. There are two members from each party, in addition to the Clerk and Recorder. As of October 31, in Boulder County, the Republican Party represents 46,316 active and inactive voters, the Democratic Party represents 101,259 active and inactive voters, and the American Constitution Party represents 313 active and inactive voters.

 

Appointment to the canvass board:  Each county chair is responsible for appointing two members to the canvass board no later than 15 days prior to the election.

 

Past Certifications:  Many of the individuals involved in this fall’s non-certification, and in both the Primary 2014 and 2012 non-certification, simply disagree with the way the canvass should be conducted. They have tried for years to get the courts or the legislature to change the way election canvass boards conduct their business, but have been unsuccessful in their attempts. In Boulder County, like every other clerk office, we simply follow election law when conducting our canvass.

 

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