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July 13, 2018

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Final Official Results Available for 2018 Primary Election

Boulder County successfully
completed Risk-Limiting Audit


Boulder County, Colo. – The final,
official results from Boulder County’s 2018 Primary 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 candidate
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.

On Monday and
Tuesday, elections staff and the appointed Audit Board (a Democratic Party and
Republican Party representative) successfully completed a Risk-Limiting Audit.
This is a post-election test that provides citizens with evidence that election
results tabulated by our voting system reflect the actual votes cast by voters.
The process reviews how a ballot’s votes were captured at the time it was
processed by our voting system by comparing the actual physical ballots with their
digital tallies captured at the time of processing. To perform the audit, the
Secretary of State’s office assigns a random sampling of the exact ballots you
must review out of all the ballots cast in an election.

Colorado is the
first state in the nation to implement a statewide risk-limiting audit. While
Boulder County and all Colorado counties have conducted thorough post-election
audits for well over a decade, a Risk-Limiting Audit is considered the “gold
standard” test of election results. A final report on the audit was provided 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 year’s
Canvass Board consisted of Boulder County Chief Deputy Clerk Sydney Power and
two party representatives from the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Celeste Landry and Mike Hart represented the Democratic Party. Cathy Jarrett
and Richard Seale represented the Republican Party.

Thursday
afternoon, the Chief Deputy Clerk, the Democratic Party members of the Boulder
County Canvass Board and Republican Party member Richard Seale, certified the
election results. The second Republican Party member of the Canvass Board,
Cathy Jarrett, declined to sign the certification citing the format of reports
received by the Secretary of State’s office. Republican member Seale expressed
similar misgivings, but signed the certification.

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