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November 21, 2017

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Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303.413.7766

Final Official Results Available for 2017 Coordinated Election

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Elections Division Press Release

November 21, 2017

Media Contact: Mircalla Wozniak, Communications Specialist, 303-413-7766

Boulder County successfully
completed Risk-Limiting Audit


Boulder County, Colo. – The final,
official results from Boulder County’s 2017 Coordinated Election are available
now at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.


The final
official results include the Statement of
Votes, a document that shows precinct-by-precinct results for every issue
on Boulder County ballots this year. The Statement
of Votes will be forwarded to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office as
part of the election close out process.


Over the
weekend, elections staff and the appointed Audit Board (a Democratic party and
Republican party representative) successfully completed the a risk-limiting audit,
a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of election
results and provides citizens with evidence that election outcomes reflect the
votes cast. To perform a risk-limiting audit, you must pull the exact random
lot of ballots the Secretary of State assigns to your county. To ensure vote tabulation
was accurate, the process reviews how a ballot’s votes were captured at the
time it was processed by comparing the actual ballots with their digital
tallies captured at the time of processing.


Back in 2008,
Boulder County was the first county in the nation to conduct a large scale
version of a risk-limiting audit as part of the election process and led the
legislative initiative to require Colorado counties to perform risk-limiting
audits beginning this year. Colorado is the first state now implementing a
statewide risk-limiting audit in the nation. While Boulder County and all
Colorado counties have always conducted post-election audits, a risk-limiting
audit is considered the “gold standard” test of election results. A final
report on the audit was issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for
verification prior to election certification.


Elections staff
also completed the reconciliation process. This process provides the evidence
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.


This afternoon,
the Boulder County Canvass Board certified the election. This year’s Canvass
Board consisted of Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall, City of Longmont
Deputy Clerk Dawn Quintana, and City of Boulder Clerk Lynnette Beck.


The canvass documents,
audit documentation, and the Statement of
Votes are available at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.