Tuesday, July 26, 2016

UPDATE: Recount of District 4 race completed. Results unchanged.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 2:44 PM

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has completed the recount paid for by the campaign of El Paso County Board of County Commissioners District 4 candidate Scott Turner. The results of the race remained unchanged, meaning Turner lost the race by 34 votes.

In a press release, Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman said he was proud that the results held.

“We’re always happy to complete our work on behalf of our citizens, and the recount requested by Mr. Turner is no different,” he stated. “It’s important for voters to have confidence in election results, especially in close races. I’m proud of the work my staff did in completing this recount—including a retesting of the counting machines to ensure accuracy—a day and a half earlier than allotted by law.”

Turner, likewise, emailed a press release about the results, stating:

I would like to thank the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office for their time and effort in validating the primary election results. They hold themselves to the highest standards and perform with efficiency and professionalism.

I would like to formally congratulate Mr. Gonzalez on his primary victory and wish him good fortune in the general election. I’m sure he will serve the people of our district well.

——- ORIGINAL POST, JULY 19, 2:15 P.M. ——-
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El Paso County Board of County Commissioners
District 4 candidate Scott Turner will pay for  a recount of the Republican primary election votes in his race, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has announced.

Turner lost the race to Longinos Gonzalez Jr. by just 34 votes. An automatic recount would have been triggered only if the difference in vote totals had been 18 or fewer votes. Because an automatic recount was not triggered, Turner will pay for the cost of the recount.
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"We were very close to just walking away from it," Turner says over the phone. 

The candidate says he discussed pursuing a recount with family, friends and supporters. He says he's received many phone calls urging him to pursue the recount. While he believes that the clerk's office is very capable, he says the count was so close that it "seemed like a recount was appropriate."

 "I didn't want to go to sleep for the rest of my life thinking I coulda, woulda, shoulda," Turner says.
A friend offered to foot the bill for the recount, and Turner agreed. Turner says if he is not the victor after the recount, he will likely focus his energy on supporting other candidates, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn

Here is the release from the clerk's office:
Clerk to Conduct Candidate Requested Recount for County Commissioner District 4

[Colorado Springs, Colo. – July 19, 2016] The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has received a formal request from candidate Scott Turner to recount the ballots for the County Commissioner District 4 race in the Republican Party Primary Election. The final results for this race did not meet the threshold set in Colorado law to trigger an automatic recount. The cost to conduct the recount will not be at taxpayers’ expense, therefore, but will be paid by the candidate who requested the recount.

The final official election results as certified by the bipartisan Canvass Board show 34 votes separating the two candidates for the Commissioner District 4 race. That vote margin is nearly twice the amount required by statute (C.R.S. 1-10.5-106) for an automatic recount in that race, which would have been 18 votes.

“This request for a paid recount by a candidate is the first in our recent institutional memory,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “Our Elections staff will conduct the recount for the candidate, with their skilled expertise and resolve.”

The machines used for the election processing will be tested again prior to conducting the recount. The election equipment undergoes extensive testing before and after every election and passes with 100% accuracy.

After the equipment testing is complete, the ballot recount will begin on Friday, July 22, and should be concluded within a few days. It is not anticipated that the recount will change the results.

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