Final vote tally available Tuesday
Greg Jeung and John Martin will have to wait two more days to find out the final vote tally in their race for Garfield County commissioner. Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf said the Colorado Secretary of State’s office told the state’s county clerks to accept overseas ballots until 5 p.m. Friday. Alsdorf said she plans to count provisional and overseas ballots on Monday, then announce the final results on Tuesday after canvassing the election with representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The results that have so far been counted in the commissioner race showed that incumbent Martin, a Republican, garnered 50.59 percent of the vote, while Jeung, a Democrat, received 49.41 percent – a difference of just 229 votes. The final tally would have to put the contenders within 12 of 1 percent of each other to trigger a recount. Alsdorf said Friday afternoon that she doesn’t know how many votes she’ll wind up receiving because the deadline hadn’t yet expired. But Jeung would have to receive about two-thirds of the 360 provisional ballots already in for a recount to be triggered.Provisional ballots are given to voters on Election Day for a variety of reasons. For example, the voters showed up at the wrong polling place, their names were not listed in the poll books or they moved and did not update their voter registration information.In the case of provisional ballots completed by people who showed up at the wrong precinct, only votes for president and vice president will be counted.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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