Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Steamboat Springs Results from the 2011 Routt County coordinated election have been certified, and there are no significant changes from when they first were reported the night of Nov. 1.
According to the official results, 7,873 voters cast ballots, up 47 from the 7,826 votes the Clerk and Recorder’s Office reported on election night. The number of ballots cast is a record for an odd-year election.
Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said a couple of factors caused the increase. She said there were some provisional ballots that had to be counted after Election Day, and she said about 25 of the ballots cast at the last minute were held back and counted later to protect voter privacy.
Weinland said the Clerk and Recorder’s Office has eight days after the election to collect signatures of voters who forgot to sign their ballot envelope, verify signatures and collect ballots from active military members, if they were postmarked by Election Day.
Because the voter tally changed slightly, so did the results of the individual races and ballot referendums. But none of the results had changed more than a few hundredths of a percent.
Weinland said there were no surprises in the process to verify results from an all-mail election that went “extremely smooth.”
Four election judges served as the county’s Board of Canvassers to certify the election.
Weinland said 400 randomly selected ballots were hand counted and fed through the scanner to make sure it was operating accurately. She said voters registrations were verified and the number of ballots counted was confirmed.
Afterward, Weinland said the volunteer board verifies the accuracy of the voter turnout report.
“It’s literally an audit of the entire election,” she said.
Weinland said the process to conclude the 2011 election took two days.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com