- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - For the third time in two years, a majority of the Boulder County Canvass Board has voted not to certify the all-mail results of Nov. 4, saying the signature-verification process is flawed and the information used to certify the election is unreliable.

The board’s 4-3 decision was formally submitted Friday in a letter to Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has final say on the matter. Gessler has rejected previous suggestions from the board’s majority, once in the 2012 general election and in this year’s primary election.

County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall called the move “purely political, without basis and out of line.”

The Canvass Board is required to ensure the total number of ballots counted on Election Day does not exceed the total number of ballots cast. It is also responsible for certifying the official record of votes.

The letter urged Gessler to reject the results and allow more time for review.

“We are aware of underlying fundamental problems that exist and cause us to have no confidence that the numbers of ‘voters who voted’ by mail are actually eligible in their jurisdiction,” the letter reads. “The reason is simple: The signature verification process is bogus.”

The four majority members are Mary Eberle and James Remmert, both of the American Constitution Party, and Republicans Dick Murphy and Marty Neilson. The minority includes three Democrats: Hall, Pat Feeser and Paul Geissler.

The letter does not argue that the number of ballots counted by Hall’s office on Election Day (144,333) exceeds the number of ballots cast (145,759), but it does allege possible inaccuracies in the counting process, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Saturday (https://tinyurl.com/nwc8k34).

The majority on the Canvass Board has requested ballot information be made available in formats that would allow the results to be analyzed. A spokeswoman for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office said the information is already available on a computer spreadsheet.

Gessler’s ruling is unlikely to arrive before Thanksgiving, Boulder County Elections Coordinator Molly Tayer said.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/


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