Republican candidates in Boulder and Pueblo pursue recounts, despite wide margins of loss
The Colorado Secretary of State's office may have certified election results last week, but that doesn't mean the battle is over. At least not from the perspective of Republican candidates in Boulder and Pueblo, who are considering pursuing recounts. While the races there weren't close, supporters argue a recount would promote transparency.
News of the possible recounts, which would likely be very expensive for the candidates, reaches us by way of Marilyn Marks, founder of Citizen Center, an organization that advocates for election integrity. Candidates in both counties have taken steps to pursue recounts by first requesting information about cost estimates, but it's unclear at this time whether they will move forward.
The push for a recount in Boulder comes just over a week after the county's canvass board, charged with certifying the results of the election, refused to give the green light, arguing that there were a range of flaws in the election process. Last week, Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office officially certified results across the state, although the status of the results in Boulder -- the only county with a canvass board that refused to certify -- remains uncertain.
The Secretary of State's office, which is allowed to "accept" the "uncertified results," is expected to release some kind of official response to the canvass board concerns this week.
Members of the canvass board had hoped that their lack of certification would give them an opportunity to better vet the results and get access to information and data they argue has been kept from them. But since that seems unlikely, a full-fledged recount emerged as another way of pressuring election officials to address alleged flaws.
Sam Levin Secretary of State Scott Gessler and activist Marilyn Marks in Boulder last week at a public hearing.
"What's happening here is that citizens and candidates are realizing in some counties -- Pueblo and Boulder being great examples -- that there was no meaningful transparency in the system," says Marks, who supported the canvass board's rejection in Boulder and is working on the potential recount. "That's because the clerks totally controlled the process."
Marks argues that there has been a lack of citizen oversight in Boulder. She feels a recount will give advocates and candidates a chance to highlight these problems, even if it's very likely the results won't change.
The request for a recount officially comes from Republican House District 11 candidate Ellyn Hilliard, who lost to the Democratic candidate Jonathan Singer.
Based on the latest election results from the Secretary of State's website, Singer received 22,222 votes while Hilliard received 16,899 -- meaning she lost by more than 5,000 votes.
Her official request, on view below, simply asks the Secretary of State for a cost estimate of a recount -- the first step in the process of pursuing a recount. (We've left Hilliard a message and will update if we hear back).
Continue for more on the potential recount in Pueblo County.