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July 12, 2016

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Final Official Results Available for 2016 Primary Election

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Boulder County,
Colo.
– The final,
official results from Boulder County’s 2016 Primary Election are available now
at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.

The Elections
Division added 1,501 additional ballots to the tally at the end of the 8-day
period on Wednesday evening, July 6 for a total of 38,067 ballots counted.
Democratic turnout for the primary election was 29.2% for active democratic
voters. Republican turnout for the primary election was 33.6% of active
republican voters.

The bulk of the
8-day updated tally included our reserve ballots, but it also included a small
amount of ballots from overseas and military voters whose ballot was received
after election day, but before the close of business on Wednesday as well as
ballots from voters who needed to fix a signature discrepancy or were missing a
signature on their ballot envelope among a few other categories of ballots that
are processed after election day.(For more information on what types of ballots
are processed at the end of the 8-day window, please see our
post-election day press release).

The final
official results include the Statement of
Votes, a document that shows precinct-by-precinct results for every issue
on Boulder County ballots for this primary election. The certified Statement of Votes has been forwarded to
the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to become part of the official
statewide election record.

Last week, elections
staff completed the 2016 Primary Election audit, a post-election quality
assurance test that ensures the accuracy of the machine tally of votes. The
audit used this year compared a manual tally of votes with the actual
election-night machine tally of the same ballots. Any discrepancy was researched
and resolved. A final report was issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for
verification prior to election certification.

Additionally,
elections staff also completed the reconciliation process. This process
provides the data, reports, and documentation for the Canvass Board to certify
that the number of votes counted is equal to or less than the number of ballots
cast and that the number of ballots cast is equal to or less than the number of
eligible voters. The Reconciliation Report has also been posted online.

Despite the
fact that here were no documented discrepancies found in the audit or
reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest, the two Republican Party members of the Canvass Board declined to sign the documentation that the
election was conducted accurately. This decision does not impact that the
election results are now certified.

“I am extremely disappointed that the Republican Party
members who chose to serve on the Canvass Board used their role to express
political dissatisfaction with the Colorado election process and mail ballot elections,”
stated Hillary Hall, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. “Boulder County Republicans, and the community at large, deserve better. They declined to sign
the certification solely for political purposes outside of the scope of their
role as Canvass Board members. Our election reconciliation and audit clearly
show the election results are accurate, but they still declined to sign the
documentation based off their overall concerns about mail ballot elections,
which frankly have no merit either. The place to address their objections is
with the state legislature and our law makers."

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 Boulder County Canvass Board reviewed the final
audit and reconciliation election documents on Monday afternoon. This year’s
Canvass Board consisted of Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall,
Maureen Denig and Cathy Jarrett representing the Republican Party, and Paul
Geissler and Sally Martin representing the Democratic Party.

The canvass and audit documentation, and the Statement
of Votes are available at http://www.bouldercounty.org/elections/results/pages/electionresults2016.aspx.