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June 27, 2018

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Election Day Unofficial Preliminary Results – Wednesday Update

Next
unofficial results update will be after 8-day cure and military ballots due
date


Boulder County, Colo. The Boulder
County Elections Division has finished tallying results for 80,995 ballots for the 2018 Primary Election and has posted
preliminary unofficial results online -
www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.

As a normal part of the
election process, there are remaining categories of ballots left to be counted
at the end of the 8th day after the election. There is a group of
ballots that will get counted and a secondary group of ballots, of which only
some will get counted. These categories are outlined below.

These are the additional
categories of ballots that
will count.
These ballots have been signature verified and the voter has been given vote
credit, but their ballot has not yet been counted nor have the votes been added
to the election results. This will happen at the end of the 8-day period. They are:

  • 1410 Reserve Ballots – These ballots are held to protect voter
    anonymity for the below categories of ballots. We reserve 3 ballots per
    precinct per district style. These ballots are evenly divided between the
    parties.
  • 646 Manual Process Ballots These are ballots that typically came in
    during the last 24-hours that likely had one of the following issues:
    replacement ballot envelope (can’t go through our sorting machine); dirty/food
    stained or badly folded ballot (needs duplication to run through the scanners);
    or poorly marked ballots that need election judges to review voter intent.
  • 450 Unaffiliated Voter Ballots – These are ballots from unaffiliated voters
    whose signature has been approved, but whose votes have not yet been counted.
  • 31 Already Cured Ballots or Military/Overseas
    ballots arrived and verified

    – These are either ballots that had a missing signature, signature discrepancy
    issue, etc. that was resolved, but too late for us to process these ballots on
    election night (typically cured on Election Day) or military/overseas ballots
    that came through EveryoneCounts (military/overseas transmission system) or
    email affidavit, have been signature verified, but have not yet been counted.

The total for these categories
is
2,537 ballots.

Then, there are the following
categories of ballots that have the
potential
to be counted at the end of the 8th day. They are:

  • 635 Mail ballots that have the potential to be
    "cured" by voters

    – These are ballots where one or more of the following verification steps were
    incomplete: the signature on the envelope did not match, the signature on the
    envelope was forgotten, or an ID was required and not provided. These voters
    will be mailed a letter no later than Thursday, June 28 (and sent an email if
    an email address is on their voter registration record) informing them of the
    status of their ballot. Additionally, they should have already received a
    message, if they are signed up for our Ballot Track system. By law, these
    voters have until Thursday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. to address these items (because
    of the holiday, the 8th day following the election is July 5).
  • 786 UOCAVA military and overseas voter mail
    ballots
    – Most military and overseas
    voters that intend to vote return their ballot by Election Day. However, by
    law, UOCAVA mail ballots have until 8 days after the election to be received. Historically,
    we have received less than 5% back from this category for a Primary Election.
  • 232 Ballots that were picked up by Denver
    election officials at the Central USPS mail processing facility at 7 p.m. on
    election night
    – Plus
    an unknown quantity of ballots that may have been returned by the election
    deadline to another county clerk’s office and will be transferred to our office
    within a few days – typically less than 25
    ballots
    . Assuming the signatures on these mail ballots are verified,
    these ballots will be added to the preliminary results as well.

Thus, from the above
categories, there are upwards of an additional
1,653 ballots that may potentially be added to the preliminary
election results at the end of the 8-day statutory window. Those results will
be added to the unofficial results on Friday, July 6 along with the
2,537 ballots that we know will be
counted, highlighted above.

If a voter would like to check to confirm that we
received and processed their mail ballot, they can check online using our
Ballot Track tool, which is linked from our home page
www.BoulderCountyVotes.org. While checking on the status of their mail ballot, the Elections Division
encourages all voters to login and sign-up Ballot Track notifications for
future elections.

Tentative summary schedule for remaining results
postings:

Friday, July 6 – mid-to-late day: Add the votes of the 2,537 ballots + the “potential” categories of ballots listed above – up to
around 1,653 ballots

TBD, but most likely Thurs, July 12: Certified Election Results posted (typically results do not change after 8th day posting)