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October 27, 2020

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Boulder County Elections to host webinar on election night and post-election ballot processing information


Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Molly Fitzpatrick will host an “Election Night and Beyond – What to Expect” webinar. During the presentation, we will discuss what categories and groups of ballots are left to be counted in the immediate days after Election Day.

Ballot processing does not end on Election Night. In fact, Boulder County Elections usually processes ballots Wednesday, Thursday, and sometimes Friday. Then, there is a voter "cure" period and additional day to process and count ballots up through the 9th day after the election.

  • What: Election Night and Beyond – What to Expect webinar
  • When: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 29
  • Who should attend: Press, candidate/issue campaign representatives, political parties, and city/special district officials
  • Where: At your own computer
  • RSVP: RSVP required to mwozniak@bouldercounty.org by Thursday, October 29 at 10 a.m. with your name and organization; Login information will be emailed to you 30-60 minutes prior to presentation.

Learn about how every election there are "categories" of ballots that will be counted and others that have the potential to be counted on the 9th day after the election. For instance, by law this year military and overseas mail ballots can be received up until November 12 and still be counted. This is also the deadline for voters who have a signature discrepancy or missing signature to "cure" their ballot envelope.

In this webinar, Clerk Fitzpatrick will review these categories of ballots which candidates, parties, and cities should expect to remain in the days after the election. This webinar is meant to help bring clarity in terms of how the final ballots are processed and what will and what may be outstanding several days after the election. This information is especially important if a contest is close. Note that our office does not “call” contests. Our position is that the election is not final until certification, which occurs at the final Canvass Board Meeting which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Additionally, the webinar will cover the election night results reporting process, watcher information, recount scenarios, and Colorado’s election audit (risk limiting audit).