Friday the El Paso County Election Department completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2012 Primary Election results. The canvass process is the official audit of the election results. The canvass board is made up of a member of each major political party and the County Clerk & Recorder.
Part of finalizing the election results is completing the required Post Election Audit. This audit is a comparison of the tabulated results to a hand count. The races are randomly selected by the Secretary of State’s Election Division. In the case of El Paso County, for every race the machine and hand count matched.
Additionally, UOCAVA ballots that were returned by Military and Overseas Citizens voters and were postmarked by Election Day will be counted and added into the results. Other ballots that will be included in the final count are ballots where the voter needed to cure their ballot before it could be counted. There are several reasons for this; for example their signature did not match their voter record, and they needed to provide identification and confirmation that they did return their ballot, or they did not sign their ballot. Individuals with these types of situations have until eight days after the election to respond and correct the problem in order to have their ballot counted.
Final official election results are available on the Clerk & Recorder’s webpage: http://car.elpasoco.com.