Scott Gessler says Boulder election results not certified yet, city says they are

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Scott Gessler.
Yesterday, the Boulder County Clerk's office announced that its election results are finally certified. However, a spokesman for Secretary of State Scott Gessler says just the opposite -- a final decision has not been made yet, although one could come soon.

The conflicting statements have further irked those Boulder canvass board members who criticized the process and refused to certify the results.

Yes, election day was a month ago. But the drama is not over yet in Boulder, the only county in the state that did not get its results certified through the standard canvass board process.

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Sam Levin
A Colorado vote center on Election Day
In each Colorado county, there is a canvass board made up of the clerk and recorder, who oversees the election, and up to two appointees from each major party. That board is specifically charged with certifying the results, thereby functioning as citizen oversight for the counts. As we reported last week, the two Republican and two American Constitution Party reps voted not to certify, to the dismay of Boulder Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall, a Democrat.

As a result, the process moves to the Secretary of State's office, which has the authority to make the results official even if the canvass board did not give its majority approval.

The Boulder Clerk and Recorder's office sent out this short press release yesterday titled "Boulder County 2012 election results certified." It reads:

Boulder County -- The Colorado Secretary of State's office has accepted Boulder County's results for the 2012 General Election.

The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's office will distribute notices of election certification today to candidates, municipalities, special districts and others who coordinated with the county for the election.

Final official results for the election are available at Results have not changed since provisional ballots were added to the tally on Nov. 20.

More election information: 303-413-7740 or

Asked for confirmation of this decision, Andrew Cole, a spokesman for Gessler, tells us that as of yesterday afternoon, the Secretary of State's office has not given its approval of the results, although it will likely make an announcement today. If so, we'll update this post.

Continue for more on the certification process in Boulder and yesterday's announcements.

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