El Paso County election canvass complete

Special to The Tribune
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The El Paso County Election Department has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2012 General Election results. The canvass process is the official audit of the election results. The Canvass Board was made up of two members of each major political party and the County Clerk and Recorder.

The canvass included ballots that were returned by Military and Overseas Citizens voters and were postmarked by Election Day and ballots that the voter needed to cure by showing identification or signing, for example, before it could be counted. Individuals with ballots to be cured were notified by letter and had eight days after the election to respond and correct the problem.

The final step was reviewing 9,741 Provisional Ballots. Of these 8,454 (87 percent) were counted. In the provisional review, all polling places reports and returned Mail Ballots were reviewed to ensure no voter was able to cast more than one ballot.

The final official results include 14,802 more ballots than the last unofficial results published Election Night. While some percentages changed slightly, the only result that varied was the El Paso County vote on Amendment 64. The counting of the additional ballots meant that El Paso County voters supported Amendment 64 by a margin of ten votes. Results from the rest of the state showed Amendment 64 passing already. The canvass reported a total of 292,698 votes, a record for El Paso County, exceeding 2008's total of 274,707 by 17,991.

Final official election results are available on the Clerk and Recorder's webpage: http://car.elpasoco.com.

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