Wednesday, November 21, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO – The El Paso County Election Department has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2012 General Election results. The canvass process is the official audit of the election results. The Canvass Board was made up of two members of each major political party and the County Clerk & Recorder. The canvass reported a total of 292,698 votes, a record for El Paso County, exceeding 2008’s total of 274,707 by 17,991.
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 and voting devices are randomly selected by the Secretary of State’s Election Division. El Paso County’s machine and hand count matched in every instance.
Additionally, UOCAVA ballots that were returned by Military and Overseas Citizens voters and were postmarked by Election Day were counted and added into the results. Other ballots that were 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, they needed to provide identification, or they did not sign their ballot. Individuals with these types of situations were notified by letter and had eight days after the election to respond and correct the problem in order to have their ballot counted.
The final step was reviewing 9,741 Provisional Ballots. Of these 8,454 (87%) were counted. The most frequent reasons for casting a Provisional Ballot were prior receipt of a Mail Ballot, moving, and going to the wrong polling place. In the Provisional review, all polling places reports and returned Mail Ballots were reviewed to ensure no voter was able to cast more than one ballot.
The final official results include 14,802 more ballots than the last unofficial results published Election Night. While some percentages changed slightly, the only result that varied was the El Paso County vote on Amendment 64. The counting of the additional ballots meant that El Paso County voters supported Amendment 64 by a margin of ten votes. Results from the rest of the state showed Amendment 64 passing already.
Final official election results are available on the Clerk & Recorder’s webpage: http://car.elpasoco.com